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The Blood Legacy [Chapter 12, 9/27/2013]
« on: July 09, 2013, 04:27:05 AM »
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Table of Contents

Generation 1
Prologue
Chapter 1: Landfall
Chapter 2: Married Life has its Perks
Chapter 3: Could Quianna be Goin' Soft?
Chapter 4: Life is Full of Surprises
Chapter 5: Running Ragged
Chapter 6: Snow Flake Day and Birthdays
Chapter 7: New Additions for the House and the Family
Chapter 8: Family Update
Chapter 9: Having to Say Goodbye Too Soon

Generation 2
Chapter 10: Time Stands Still for No Sim
Chapter 11: Joining Two Lives
Chapter 12: An Exciting Snow Flake Day

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Re: The Blood Legacy
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2013, 04:27:39 AM »
Prologue: The Legend of Captain Blood

The Pirate Shanty
Shanty courtesy of Worldwide Adventurers, from YouTube
I am not a pirate, but I long to be,
Sailing by the stars across the seven seas;
Living with no earthly cares, my mates and me,
The envy of all worldly men who are not free.

A song to sing for beggars, a song to sing for saints;
A song to sing for wealthy men, all wrapped and bound in chains!
Our treasure's not in gold, or in our piety:
Our wealth is in an answered call, the longing of the sea!

Stormy oceans carry us to lands we've never known,
To mysteries and buried secrets from the tales of old.
So hoist the sail and raise the flag, we do not stop for night;
We'll ride the wild winds and waves until the morning's light!

In smuggler's caves and tavern halls, we live by no man's rules.
We fly the colors of the living, free and proud and true!
We set out on the ocean blue to escape tyranny;
We'll keep our merry hearts alive so long we roam the sea.

A man once walked along the shore, and called he out to me,
"I see you are a fisherman, a lover of the sea.
I know this world's a wretched place, but if you'll follow me
I'll take all of your burdens... and pirates we shall be!"

Yo-ho, yo-ho!


He was known far and wide only as ‘Captain Blood.’  No one really knew his origins or why he had become a Pirate.  They only knew he was one of the best.  He and his crew terrorized the seas all around the Sim world, though maybe terrorize isn’t quite the word for it… especially since his name was reputedly fiercer than the actual Captain was.  That’s not to say he wasn’t a person to be feared, oh no, but as long as those he pirated surrendered and didn’t fight, he gave quarter and kept his men in line with an iron hand.  Only the most foolhardy underestimated him.

But just as suddenly as he appeared, he seemed to vanish just as quickly.  His name had been whispered from one shore to another, then suddenly, he was heard from no more.  What had happened to him?  Were the rumors true?  Did he have a daughter out there somewhere?  Read on to find out!

This is a Legacy Story.  I’m adhering to Pinstar’s rules as closely as I can, also adding the matriarchal as well as the family rule.  The family trait being Sailor (it’s Pirates, so of course, it has to be the Family Trait ^^).  I will be keeping score, though it isn’t the most important thing; it’s more just to keep me interested.  I’m also adding a few of my own rules for the same reason, such as having spares remain as long as possible in the hopes of getting their LTW completed, and trying to see how many different skills I can supermax over the generations.  Sailor, as a note, may not be the first or even second trait rolled.  If it is one of the random traits rolled, then it's one more point to knowing who the heir may be.  One of my other little challenges that I'm adding for myself is that I am going for as many multiple births as I can.  ^^



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Re: The Blood Legacy
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2013, 04:29:39 AM »
Chapter 1: Landfall

“Captain Blood”… that’s all I ‘ear!  I swear, if’n I ‘ear ‘is name one more time, I might just scream!  Yes, ‘e’s my da!  No, I don’t know where ‘e is!  If’n I did, I’d march up to ‘im and box ‘is ears, I tell ya!  So stop askin’ me!  Can’t a girl ‘ave a lil peace!?  It ain’t enough that I was kicked off me own ship because of a dastardly curr by the name o’ Seamus ‘Sim Stopper’ Murphy, but now I gotta keep ‘earin’ that Captain Blood nonsense!  Argh!

This… charming *cough cough* lady IS the daughter of the famous Captain Blood.  Her name is Quianna Agana.  Her very name means “Noble Blood”.  Oh, pardon me… I should introduce myself.  I am the lawyer for the Agana family.  The current Matriarch of the family has asked that I go over the family records thoroughly.  I must admit that I am quite fascinated by this family’s history, in particular, their backstory.  So I jumped at the chance.  I don’t see an issue with adding a bit of commentary here and there to keep things clear.  This truly is a fascinating story.  As I was saying, this is Quianna Agana, daughter of Captain Blood.  She’s a brave, adventurous lass with a daredevil streak in her.  And being the daughter of a pirate, she’s a born sailor as well as loving to swim.


Traits: adventurous, brave, daredevil, sailor, loves to swim

The beginning of her journal is a bit… irate.  Then again, she had good reason.  Her ranting talked of being kicked off her own ship.  This is true.  The first mate rallied the men around him, siting her being a woman and soft as a reason for her to be unfit to be captain.  To add insult to injury, he marooned her on an island with only a tiny little dinghy to escape with.  The likelihood of her getting anywhere in the sad little craft was very slim.  However… Quianna proved to be her father’s daughter.  I won’t repeat some pieces of her journal, considering the strong… language and other epithets she uses for Seamus and those who helped him.  Suffice it to say that eventually, she did make it off this little island.  It took her months, but eventually, she made it to a place called Sunlit Tides.  One of the only things her father left to her was a letter.  In it was a deed for a piece of property in Sunlit Tides.  Lucky for her… the dinghy was sold, netting her $1300 to survive on.  She immediately thought of buying a boat, sailing away and taking her revenge, but she knew she had to be careful.  Seamus wasn’t stupid.  Well, she’d show him…  And so it was that she and her only two companions, a duo of cats, stood on the edge of her new property in Sunlit Tides.

Oh, yes, her cats.  Osiris was one of the ship’s cats.  When Quianna was dumped onto the island, he followed her and has been with her ever since.  During their journey to Sunlit Tides, while they were traveling along the coast of Egypt, of all places, they found another cat in trouble.  Isis was so grateful for their help that she followed after the two of them.  And cats, being cats, did what cats do.  So Isis is actually expecting at this moment of arrival.




I can’t believe it!  Look at this!  I ain’t no landlubber!  But ‘ere I be, standing at the edge of this place.  At least it’s right here at the ocean.  The sea calls t’ me…  I miss the deck of the ship under me feet!  And ‘ere, $1300 doesn’t buy much a’tall!  I outfitted the place with what I could, fer now.  But it ain’t gonna last, that’s fer sure…



At this point, her entries stop for a few weeks as Quianna puts her time toward trying to earn a living the only way she knows how; snorkeling in the sea in order to find little trinkets and baubles for the tourists.  I’m sure she felt it was quite the step down from pirating, but a girl’s gotta do, what a girl’s gotta do.  This mostly left her feline friends up to their own devices as they awaited the birth of Isis’s litter.



Being stuck in Sunlit Tides for the foreseeable future, Quianna did go to City Hall to attempt to become a bit more… respectable.  She registered herself as a certified diver, hoping it would help get her some recognition, I think.  Her pride took quite a hit with the whole mutiny thing, it seems.  Luckily, she was a strong, persistent lady.


Argh!  I ‘ate goin’ ‘ome!  Or that poor excuse what passes fer ‘ome!  It consists of one wall with a bathroom stall on one side, with a mini fridge on the other.  All I ‘as is a sleeping bag to shield me from weather… and a poor shield it is in the rain and sun, not like the deck of a ship!



Gotta admit though, don’t get t’ see many rainbows out t’ sea.  If it weren’t fer that curr Seamus, I might ‘ave actually liked this place, if’n I ‘adn’t ‘ad to come an’ live ‘ere!


I’ve been bustin’ my butt, tryin’ to find things t’ sell.  ‘Aven’t ‘ad much luck lately, but I’m gettin’ burnt out.  I ‘ad seen some flyers fer some kind of Summer Festival and on a whim, I decided t’ go.

Quianna doesn’t mention this in her journal, but being the daughter of an infamous pirate didn’t really give her much of a childhood.  So getting to go to a festival and even as something as simple as eating a snowcone were an entirely new experience for her.  I’d like to imagine that, despite herself and her circumstances that she enjoyed it.




Her journal is a bit vague on the details of her next encounter, but suffice it to say that it was one that altered the course of her life… and those of her descendants.

I was just gettin’ ready t’ get back t’ the grind, when I ran into someone.  When I looked up, I couldn’t ‘elp the way me stomach did weird little backflips.  I ‘adn’t been seasick a day in me life, but it sure felt that way now.  I ‘ad never ‘ad issues talkin’ t’ men a’fore.  I was a Captain, fer Blarney’s sake!  And after that first little while, I didn’t ‘ave any more trouble.  Suddenly, several ‘ours ‘ad gone by afore I knew it!



She had actually spent so much time talking with him that she’d gotten quite a nasty sunburn!  I have it on good authority, from various bits of family lore, that it didn’t seem to bother her though.  She was thinking about a certain handsome gentleman to notice the discomfort.


I got back ‘ome and ‘ad quite a shock!  Isis had finally given birth!  She only had one little kitten wit’ ‘er.  I called the little one Bastet, after another of the Egyptian Gods.

This naming theme was very popular in the family, let me tell you…  There are records of the family pets as well and each of them was named for an Egyptian Deity.  It seemed appropriate seeing as at least one of the progenitors of that line was an Egyptian Mau and was from Egypt itself.


I can’t ‘andle this anymore!  Bein’ chained t’ the land just isn’t in me blood!  I-

I thought I should point out that her entry cuts off abruptly here for a bit, but then it continues.  And the tone changed quite dramatically, I think.

Well… I can’t believe I’m sayin’ this, but… I don’t think I’m gonna go anywhere fer awhile, at least.  Funniest thing just ‘appened…  ‘Ere I was, ready to leave it all, find the nearest boat, and just sail away.  But suddenly, there were red flashing lights!  Now, I’m a pirate… never been on good terms with the authorities.  Thought fer sure the island guarda got it into their ‘eads to question me about dear ol’ da.  Imagine my shock t’ see none other than the handsome fella I met at the Festival!  That’s right, Silas Allender ‘ad looked up my address at the City ‘All just so he could track me down… 

In all my years, never ‘as anyone gone to that kinda trouble.  I can’t ‘elp but just a tad tickled by that.  And ‘e’s a ‘andsome devil, ain’t he?  Even if he IS a lawman…



Isis and Osiris seem t’ like ‘im.  And if my cats like ‘im, who am I to argue mm?


Blarney!  ‘E even cleans!  Be still my ‘eart… 

I think it occurred to her that she had found herself quite a catch with Silas Allender.  From what I can gather, she tried to pass it off as being practical, but years later, it was obvious it was much more than just practically that had her using what feminine wiles she possessed to convince Mr. Allender that it would be a good idea for him to move in with her.


I truly wish that she had recorded the exchange, but somehow, she DID convince Silas to move in with her.  Despite her rather brash and abrupt manner, Quianna wasn’t without her charms and it was obvious that Silas was just as smitten with her as she was with him.  And so it was that they built what amounted to a little one room shack.  It was at this point that Quianna’s journal entries become a bit more cheerful, even hopeful.  The walls around her helped, I think, since in one entry she says that it reminded of her being aboard ship.  So, the Pirate Princess began her life in earnest in Sunlit Tides.



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Re: The Blood Legacy [Chapter 1, 7/9/2013]
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2013, 12:32:44 AM »
Chapter 2: Married Life has its Perks

I just can’t believe I’m livin’ with a man now… This isn’t me!  I swore I’d be be’olden t’ no man, answer t’ no one!  And yet… ‘ere I am…  livin’ with a man that not only cleans and loves me cats, but who cooks to boot!


Divin’ wasn’t makin’ us enough money, so I went and got me a job as a lifeguard.  Thought it’d at least keep me near the sea.  I was right on that, though it’s an ex’austin’ job.  I come ‘ome and can’t even make it int’ bed at times.



But one thing I know… Silas is always there t’ ‘elp me.  I uh… maybe I can get used t’ ‘avin’ the bloke around.

I have it on the best authority that she DID get used to having Silas around.  In fact, she even seemed to enjoy it, as her next entry proves.  I find it a bit sweet even that she was so flustered.



I can’t believe it… What ‘ave gone and done now?  Must ‘ave lost me bloomin’ mind, that’s what I’ve done!  I swear, I’m bewitched.  That’s the only explanation… ain’t it?  I mean, we were smoochin’ one minute, then talkin’… and suddenly I ‘ear myself say that since we’d been livin’ together and ‘ad been datin’ fer a while, might as well make it official-like…  Then I’m on my knees, askin’ the man t’ marry me!  I need my ‘ead examined, I tell ya!




Despite her protests, Quianna and Silas wasted no time in getting married.  Neither could afford a proper wedding, so they had a private ceremony, just the two of them.  From what I am told, and from what has been passed down in the family lore, it was as romantic a ceremony as any to have happened underneath an arch.  The two looked into each other’s eyes and pledged themselves to one another for as long as they both lived.




Still can’t believe that I went and got meself ‘itched…  I mean… just never thought it woulda ‘appened.  Even before that slimy blackguard Semus did what ‘e did.  Still… married life ‘as it’s perks, lemme tell you!



And isn’t my man a right ‘andsome devil?  ‘E thought that since ‘e was married t’ the “Pirate Queen” (‘is words, not mine), ‘e should dress the part.  I ‘as t’ say, ‘e pulls off the pirate look better n’ most I’ve seen.  ‘E puts that durned Semus t’ shame, ‘e does.



Never thought I’d say this… but I’ve actually gone an’ done it… I fell in love.  Not sure ‘ow ‘e did it, but Silas ‘as wormed ‘is way int’ me ‘eart.  And as the days and weeks go by, me thoughts are filled wit’ ‘im more and more.  Maybe I’ve put my past be’ind me.  Though when I told Silas that, ‘e got quiet and told me that I ‘ad a right t’ what was taken from me.  ‘E thinks there might be somethin’ we can do, though… I don’t know.  ‘E’s a guarda.  We’ll see what ‘appens.  I didn’t count on Silas in me life at all.  I don’t know what the future ‘olds anymore.  Maybe I’ll return t’ sea, if’n Silas will go with me.





Silas and I finally made enough money t’ add on t’ our little ‘ut ‘ere.  Mostly just put in a separate bedroom fer us, which is nice.  We’ll add t’ it as we go.


I’ve been sick an awful lot lately.  I ‘aven’t been like this since the day me da and I got caught in a gale that lasted fer two days and I was seasick the entire time.  Silas thinks I should take the next couple of days off; thinks I’ve been workin’ meself too ‘ard.  Maybe ‘e’s right.



Quianna’s journal entries were pretty sporadic during this period, mainly because she and Silas were just working toward being able to afford a decent living.  I did come across some family pictures though; this one is of Bastet with her daddy Osiris.  It is very apparent that the cats were just as much a part of the family as Quianna and Silas.


Here’s another photo of Osiris exploring under the couch.  Apparently, he liked waiting for unsuspecting ankles to wander across his path.


Who doesn’t love cute little kittens?  And Bastet is sure a cutie.  Silas took this picture of Quianna giving the little one a treat.


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Re: The Blood Legacy [Chapter 2, 7/15/2013]
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2013, 01:57:17 AM »
Chapter 3: Could Quianna be Going Soft?

The cats're at it again.  They like t' tussle then Isis gets other ideas.  Me thinks me lil mate Osiris don't know what 'e's got 'imself int' with this one...  we'll pro'lly 'ave a litter runnin' around soon if'n Isis 'as 'er way.




I've been takin' odd jobs around the town lately; I don't like this bein' poor stuff... just another thing I can thank that no-good, rotten, son of a goat Semus fer.  Anyway, 'nuff about that sea dog.  I took a job as a bouncer at the local theater.  They pay well... even though I was emptyin' my belly in the bathroom more often n'  'ot.  It was bad enough that the owner called a medic!  Imagine... me, needin' a doctor...



Here, her journal devolves into a bit of panicking blather.  According to records, the doctor gave Quianna an earful, saying a pregnant woman had no business being a bouncer and that she should be home, resting and taking care of this baby while her man took care of her.  I believe she was too flabbergasted by the news to resent the implications that she was a 'simple woman'  and that she needed a man to care for her.  If she hadn't been distracted, I strongly believe the doctor would have needed medical attention himself.

Again, her journal is a bit vague here but it seems that Silas had at least suspected his wife's pregnancy and rather than frighten her, he suggested the time off.  He was a smart man and knew his wife, it seems but it is clear he very much anticipated the birth of their child with great enthusiasm.




Me cravings ‘ave been odd lately.  I’ve never been one fer watermelons, but I can’t get enough of ‘em lately.  Think that’s why I’m gettin’ so big.  Need t’ slow down on the food, but it’s so ‘ard!  And I think Silas gets bit scared of me when I ‘aven’t eaten…  ‘E makes sure to keep the fridge fully stocked.


I use the cats as a distraction when I’m so ‘ungry but I think I’ve ‘ad enough.  It’s very cute watchin’ Bastet tackle her Mum.



Of course, I gotta love the little kitten, too.  As I ‘old ‘er, I can’t ‘elp but get a lil teary-eyed… must be the pregnancy ‘ormones, at least that’s what Silas says.

While hormones probably had a lot to do with it, it is also a fact that for the several months that Quianna was marooned on that island, the cats were her only companions so she is very fond of them; her journal is full of shots and segments about her cats; she passes this love of cats on through the generations.  Knowing that these cats helped his wife through the difficult times, a man who was never really a pet-man has taken these animals in and made them his as much as they are Quianna’s.





Me thinks it’s Isis’s turn to play… Lookout Osiris!  Heh, the poor thing is tired, but Isis ‘as a lot of energy…


Silas seems so ready t’ be a father.  ‘E can’t seem t’ get enough of talkin’ t’ me belly and rubbin’ it.  ‘E keeps thankin’ me fer givin’ ‘im this child.  There go those tears again…




I never thought I’d be a mother, truth be told… With me own child’ood, just never thought of ‘avin’ me own.  But I feel the life inside me and I can’t ‘elp but feel that it was meant t’ be, that I was meant t’ be ‘ere with Silas and this baby.  Mama and Papa are waitin’ fer ya, lil one.


Silas wanted t’ get a picture of me pregnant, but ‘e knew that maybe I’m a bit self-conscious, so ‘e wait to kiss me before snappin’ the photo… smart devil, ‘e is.


*shakes head* Gotta be the ‘ormones, but I keep watchin’ Kidz TV durin’ the day when Silas is off at work.  Then, when ‘e gets ‘ome, ‘e’ll often sit down wit’ me t’ watch.  I feel bad that ‘e’s the only one makin’ the money; even though I get maternity pay, it’s still not enough t’ live on.  ‘Opefully when I return t’ work, I can get a promotion and a raise.





Do wish me back would stop achin’ all the time.  Silas does what ‘e can when ‘e’s ‘ome, but all the waddlin’ is takin’ it’s toll.


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Re: The Blood Legacy [Chapter 3, 7/21/2013]
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2013, 04:00:58 PM »
Chapter 4: Life is Full of Surprises

I feel like a beached whale these days.  Me back is always ‘urtin’.  Silas does whatever ‘e can t’ ‘elp me out.  ‘Is massages are great and they ‘elp t’ ease the pain fer a time.  I’m about ready fer this t’ be done.  I wanna ‘old me baby in me arms.


I’m feelin’ like such a fool; but I ‘ate it when Silas gets called int’ work at all hours of the night.  Look at me, actin’ like a brainless female.  But I’ve gotten so I’m used t’ ‘avin’ ‘im there.  Osiris must know ‘ow I feel cause ‘e’s taken t’ sleepin’ wit’ me when Silas ‘as t’ leave. 


When ‘e’s not sleepin’ wit’ me, the little bugger curls up on the kitchen counter with Isis and takes a nap.  Oh, the life of a cat.  ‘Course, not all sleepin’ and eatin’.  Isis ‘as a ‘abit of sharpenin’ ‘er claws on the couch.  Silas doesn’t take too kindly to that…



Life sure knows ‘ow t’ surprise ya…  I’d gone t’ lay down in the middle of the day; I’d been needin’ t’ do that more an’ more as time went on.  I ‘ad just about fallen asleep when a pain like nothin’ I’d ever felt before spread through me stomach.  Me first thought was that somethin’ was wrong with baby.  I got out of bed, screamin’ fer Silas.  Next thing I know… water’s runnin’ down me leg.  I was in labor!  Despite Silas’s dangerous career, and ‘ow ‘e always seems t’ ‘ave a good ‘ead on ‘is shoulders… well, he panicked a bit when he realized I was ‘avin’ the baby right there.  Eventually, ‘e calmed down and remembered t’ tell me t’ breath, but I could see it in ‘is eyes that ‘e didn’t like watchin’ me in such pain.




I musta pushed fer ‘ours.  Finally, me and Silas’s daughter was born.  This is Teuta Agana.


‘Er sister… yes, ‘er sister… Apparently, I ‘ad been pregnant wit’ twins and ‘ad never known it!  Anyway, Rusila Agana followed a lil bit later.


Until Silas and I can get enough money t’ add ont’ the ‘ouse, the girls share our room.  It’s also easier t’ take care of ‘em, though makes fer some sleepless nights…


At the risk of soundin’ like a sap, it’s a beautiful sight t’ watch Silas ‘oldin’ his lil girls.  I can see the wonder in ‘is eyes when he ‘olds ‘em close.  ‘E’s a lil awed, a lil nervous when ‘e ‘olds ‘em, like ‘e can’t get used t’ somethin’ so small.  But then ‘e smiles at me and I smile back. 

This is a portion of a letter that Silas wrote to his partner shortly after his daughters’ birth:

“It’s hard to believe…  All I ever wanted to do was become a police officer, to make it to the top.  That first day, when I graduated from the academy, never thought there’d be anything that I wanted more.  Then I held my little girls for the first time…  I can’t even really describe it.  It’s hard to describe a miracle.”

Family lore talks about the patriarch of this family as a man who knew what he wanted.  He loved his family and worked hard all his life to provide for them.  He made sure that he and Quianna took turns with the kids, even when he had to work more than she did.





Got a weird package in the mail today… these two dolls were sent to the ‘ouse fer the girls.  Supposedly from some Great Aunt or other… I don’t ‘ave a great Aunt, and neither does Silas.  I ‘ave my suspicions though… not real ‘appy about it, t’ be ‘onest.  Me sire may ‘ave been one ‘eck of a pirate, but as a father, ‘e was lackin’.  But the girls seem t’ like ther dolls, so we’ll keep ‘em.


Silas and I finally managed t’ save up enough money t’ build onto the ‘ouse.  We ‘as a second story now, which is where the girls’ room is gonna be.  Place is finally startin’ t’ look like a ‘ouse, and not just a lil ‘ut.  Ther’s not much up there right now, not until we get more money.



Silas often gets up in the middle of the night, needin’ t’ check on the girls.  ‘E’ll go to their cribs an’ touch each of their lil ‘eads, then he joins me back in bed.  ‘E’s not ‘ome as much as I’d like, or as ‘e would.  But ‘e’s only three promotions away from the top of his career and his Lifetime Wish.  I worry fer ‘im.  ‘E’s doin’ a lot of undercover work that ‘e can’t talk about.  But ‘e’s a smart man and knows what ‘e’s doin’.  Plus, ‘e’s got me and girls t’ come ‘ome, so ‘e doesn’t take foolish chances, not if’n ‘e can ‘elp it.



This is ‘ard fer me t’ admit, but I was wrong… I thought the next step of me life, after being marooned on that deserted island was t’ find me a new ship and go after that dog, Semus.  But instead, I ended up ‘ere on Sunlit Tides, and now I ‘ave the most precious lil girls one could ask fer, a ‘usband that loves me- and them- more than anything.  I’m ‘appy.  I may not be a Captain of me own ship at sea, but I’m a Captain of a different kind of ship ‘ere.  I don’t need t’ be a pirate t’ leave a legacy.  Me legacy is those two girls.  And that’s somethin’ that’s worth more than a pirate’s booty.


Quianna often included random shots of the cats and other incidents that happened without much explanation.  I’ve decided to keep these in here and just supply some of the explanations myself.

This first one, little Bastet aged up.  From Quianna’s description, she was quite pleased what a mix of her parents Bastet ended up being.  And she’s a lot like her mother, loving to pounce and to play a bit rough.  And just like her mother, her favorite target is Osiris.





Apparently, they had a bit of a kitchen fire at one point, when the stove was left on.  But both Silas and Quianna kept a cool head and were able to put it out fairly quickly before much else was damaged.


Oh my, it appears that Isis was pregnant again, though no one realized it.  Here she is giving birth.  Ma’at and Hathor are almost clones of their mother.  But with two babies to take care of, Quianna and Silas, unfortunately had to give the two little ones up for adoption to a good home.



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Re: The Blood Legacy [Chapter 4, 7/21/2013]
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2013, 11:09:00 PM »
Chapter 5: Running Ragged

Not sure when the last time Silas or I've gotten more'n an 'our of sleep since the twins were born.  Even takin' turns, we're both always exhausted.



To supplement our income (I still be on maternity leave), Silas is takin' on a few odd jobs as well like repairin' a stereo fer 'is partner.


We've 'ad a lot of rain the past few weeks.  Between that and carin' fer two babies, I'm goin' a bit stir crazy.  But I take the rare moments of peace t' catch up on the news.  Not sure what I be lookin' fer but I keep an ear out fer word o'er the man who sired me.



Today, we celebrated our girls' toddler birthday!  Can't believe 'ow fast the time goes.  Ain't they just beautiful?






Me girls are so bright.  They take t' their toddler skills, like walkin', talkin', and learnin' t' use the head in stride.  The two are quite a pair and are the light of me and their daddy's life.





Tea and Sila love those dolls they were given... guess their granda should be good fer somethin' eh?



Aside from lookin' after our babies, 'ad t' take care of our mangy beasts too.  The three cats 'ave been outside a lot lately an' got fleas so they all needed a bath.







Osiris 'as gotten t' be quite the lil 'unter, 'e 'as.  'Ere 'e is stalkin' a wee lil lizard.  'E caught it and brought it to us as an offerin'.




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Re: The Blood Legacy [Chapter 5, 7/21/2013]
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2013, 09:46:04 AM »
Man, those are some identical twins!  Your line up there, I still be on maternity leave, is cracking me right up!  I can hear the Arrr at the end of it,  ;D

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Re: The Blood Legacy [Chapter 5, 7/21/2013]
« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2013, 06:25:21 PM »
Man, those are some identical twins!  Your line up there, I still be on maternity leave, is cracking me right up!  I can hear the Arrr at the end of it,  ;D

Yes, yes they are XD.  lol, thanks.  I'm trying not to go real heavy on the pirate talk, but still keep it somewhat authentic.

Chapter 6: Snow Flake Day, and Birthdays

This was a picture that was just left among the papers of the Agana family when I went to go through them.   I thought about excluding it, but since the cats really were such a part of the family, it seems wrong too.  This is Osiris grooming his daughter.


Isis goes to investigate Rusila, curious about this miniature little person.


Silas ‘as gotten a new contraption, somethin’ t’ ‘elp ‘im with ‘is job.  I worry a bit… there’s often some explosions comin’ from our bedroom when ‘e’s workin’…  Gotta admit, ‘e looks good in that lab coat.  In fact, believe I might go and tell ‘im so.


The girls are already gettin’ so big.  Silas and I work wit’ ‘em on their skills as soon as we can.  Both are so smart!  That’s me girls!



I returned t’ work as well.  Never imagined ‘ow ‘ard it would be t’ leave my babies…  I don’t ‘ave time t’ dwell on it much though; the beaches are busy and people need savin’.




Me girls love those dolls that came in the mail.  They play wit ‘em all the time. 


In all the craziness of dealin’ with our girls and workin’ as much as we can, we all kinda forgot about Silas’s birthday.  Me thinks ‘e was a bit relieved that ‘e aged up by himself and didn’t come out to me until after he’d fixed ‘is ‘air and wardrobe.  I don’t care about a few wrinkles.  ‘E’s still the man I married and I love ‘im all the more every day.




We celebrated our first Snow Flake day together, invitin’ a few friends that Silas works wit’ and a few I knew from town.  It was a good time.





That same night, the girls aged up!  Most of the party guests ‘ad already left by then, but the girls still ‘ad a good time.



Still can’t get over the fact that these girls came from me.  They’re just so beautiful.  ‘Ere’s Teuta.  I’m excited that she’s got me love of the sea and she even chose t’ dress like ‘er mama.



Me girl Rusila is just as gorgeous as ‘er sister, but she’s not as enamored of the sea like me an’ Teuta.  Not sure quite ‘ow t’ feel about that, though.  I know she’s a talented lil thing.  Guess she’s not destined fer the sea.



We outfitted the girls’ room.  They’ll share one fer now.


I must admit, even hearing the family legends, I was very surprised to find the proof in the collection of papers.  It seems that Teuta and Rusila had a secret.  Their dolls were not normal dolls.  Included with them were messages.  Messages that Quianna or her husband never saw.  The dolls were indeed sent by their grandfather, Captain Blood so that he could keep an eye on his only daughter and her family.

I won’t spoil the surprise; I will let those reading discover things just as I did.  The girls named them Roche (Teuta’s doll) and Morgan (Rusila’s).




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« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2013, 07:14:58 AM »
I really like how you're going back and forth between Quianna and the lawyer, makes it very interesting!  And Silas is still lookin' good!

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Hah, this is glorious! Loving Quiana's voice and the framing device of the lawyer's comments. Do keep the chapters coming :D



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Chapter 7: New Additions for the House and the Family

Silas ‘ung up some ‘oliday lights.  The girls insisted and ther daddy couldn’t resist ‘em, ‘specially when they give ‘im the puppy dog eyes.  Looks good, me thinks.  It’s funny.  I never ‘ad ‘oliday lights, growin’ up.  I like it.


Arrr!  I’m really thinkin’ t’ keep the cats indoors fer a while.  They got fleas again an’ none o’ ‘em like baths.  ‘Ad to coax Bastet t’ me fer a cuddle afore I could get ‘er int’ the tub.  And o’ course, I got fleas!  But at least they’re gone fer now.



The snow’s finally settled down so now the girls get t’ go fer their first day of school.  The ‘ouse is just too quiet without them runnin’ around.  Never thought I’d see the day that I’d miss all the chaos…


The nerve o’ some people!  I may be a pirate, but at least I ne’er poached!  When I tell ya no, take it fer an answer!  Don’t keep callin’ me fer dates and then come t’ me work and try t’ see if’n me answer’s changed! 

Quianna’s memoirs devolve into even more of the same, so it isn’t necessary to repeat it.  It is rather telling, though that she didn’t at least slap the man silly for his effrontery.  Some would say this was her softening up; I prefer to think of it as her maturing, of her settling into her life and being not just content, but truly happy.


Me lil one Rusila is always bringin’ ‘ome new pets or rescuin’ the poor critters from the cats.  Most girls ‘er age would shriek and run away from a lil snake like this.  Not me Rusila.  She may not be a pirate, but she’s findin’ ‘er way.


Speakin’ of the cats… we adopted another one this mornin’.  The shelter called.  They knew we were thinkin’ of breeding our Bastet with another kitty and they said they ‘ad a ‘andsome lil devil.  Well, we saw ‘im and couldn’t resist.  We named ‘im Thoth.  ‘E was a ‘it with Bastet.  They sure do get right along.  Bastet takes after ‘er mother and likes to ambush Thoth whenever she can.  At least ‘e gives as good as ‘e gets.  This keeps up, afore long, we’re gonna ‘ave some more kittens runnin’ around.







Me adult birthday ‘it today.  With everythin’ goin’ on, I didn’t even think about it.  Aged up all by meself, while takin’ out the trash.  Suppose that’s as good a place as any and maybe it’s fittin’ considerin’ who I be.  I don’t ‘ave a mid-life crisis, I swear.  Not worried about wrinkles or any of that such nonsense.  Just been thinkin’.  I’m a pirate, yet I ain’t been to sea in years.  And I find I don’t miss it as much as I once did.  Tis true, the sea will always be a part of me, but I realize now that it be a part of me kids, me girls now too.  And I’m alright with that.  I’m alright with the fact that I prally won’t return t’ the sea in this life.


Ain’t that a kick in the teeth… me and Silas been worryin’ about money a bit lately.  We’ve both thought about gettin’ second jobs, each of us, though it’d mean less time with the girls.  A few days later, an envelope arrived in the mail.  I knew right away, soon as I laid eyes on it, ‘oo it came from… The blood red skull an’ crossbones on it gave it away.  In the envelope was a mass of simoleans.  I don’t know whether t’ be furious wit’ ‘im or be grateful… A bit of both, me guess.  I took it, fer me children and me ‘usband.  So Silas would be able t’ enjoy ‘imself, concentrate on ‘is work like ‘e wants to.

We used the money t’ make changes t’ the ‘ouse, give the girls the room they ‘ad wanted as well as to buy thing fer the furry members of our crazy family..  The kitty condo was a ‘it fer all involved, me thinks.  And it sure beats ‘avin’ t’ buy a new scratchin’ post every few days, the way these cats go through ‘em.





*scratching her head*  Well, I’m not sure what t’ do.  It’s a fact that I never ‘ad a real child’ood.  And I’m not complainin’.  Not at all.  Just wish I knew what t’ do wit’ this…  Me girls are talkin’ t’ the air, ‘avin’ pillow fights wit’ nothin’!  They run around outside… no one else around.  Not sure what t’ do.  I suppose this is normal, right?

Poor Quianna… she really was out of her element here.  Though a pirate and a superstitious one at that, she never believed in something unless she could actually see it or touch it.  She was hoping that her girls would grow out of this phase, that it was normal.  As much as she had learned already, she was still quite the novice at parenting, at living in the world.






Ack!  I not know what’s ‘appenin’ around ‘ere!  There I was, just in the kitchen.  The cats ‘ad made a bit of a mess.  I was gonna’ take care o’ it, but then a mop seemed t’ appear outta nowhere!  And the spot mopped itself up!  M-maybe I need t’ take a break.  Just relax a bit… stress must be makin’ me see things…


Silas told me that I shouldn’t worry; that all children ‘ave active imaginations.  I might’n believe ‘im… if ‘e didn’t ‘ave that look in ‘is eye.  A look that said ‘e knew more than ‘e was sayin’…  Later on, I saw ‘im givin’ the girls gifts and ‘eard ‘im tell ‘em that they’d know when the time was right t’ use ‘em…  Just what is goin’ on ‘ere?



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I love this!  The girls are the most similar looking in-game twins I've ever seen.  I'm wondering if they learned to speak like normal folk or if they sound like their mother.

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« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2013, 08:45:35 PM »
I love this!  The girls are the most similar looking in-game twins I've ever seen.  I'm wondering if they learned to speak like normal folk or if they sound like their mother.

*nods* Yeah, I've never had a pair of twins look so identical before.  I was actually really excited when I saw that lol.  Hehehe, take a look and find out ^^

Chapter 8: Family Updates

Among the Agana papers, there were a number of pictures without any commentary.  They consisted mostly of fond memories that Quianna had from her children and their pets.  I will give a brief synopsis, but most often, the pictures speak for themselves.

It appears that Thoth and Bastet are still getting to know one another, as cats do.


The matriarch of the cat clan has become an elder.


Oh, I feel like I’m a terr’ble mother!  It was the girl’s birthday today… an’ Silas an’ I just plum forgot… The girls didn’t seem t’ mind much, but still… We’ll ‘ave t’ make it up t’ ‘em… somehow…



Gotta say, me girls are beautiful.  And though they look almost identical, they ‘ave their own unique styles.  Me Teuta prefers comfort and practical clothing; style and fashion aren’t ‘er concern.



Rusila, on the other ‘and, loves t’ show off and is always vera aware of ‘er appearance.



Of course, unbeknownst to Quianna, the twin’s companions also aged up.  Quianna still prefers to think of them as her daughters’ imaginary friends.



Me girls do their homework together; sitting back to back, one’ll talk out the side o’ ‘er mouth to get the answer to one question, then they switch off.  It’s actually kinda cute, the way they think me and their da don’t know what they be doin’.  We jus’ turn a blind eye.


Time just keeps on passin’.  Lately, me and Silas ‘ave been tryin’ t’ spend as much time as possible with one another, even if it’s just bein’ in the same room, workin’ on our own things.  The danger of lovin’ someone older n’ yerself… the inevitable will come.  Time stops fer no man.  Though I wish it would, fer me and my ‘usband.  ‘E’s the only man that I’ve ever loved… me da was too busy t’ really be there fer me.  ‘Cause of ‘im, I always ‘ad a poor opinion of men.  But Silas changed that.  I don’t know what I’ll do when… when ‘e leaves me.  I almost wish I could go wit’ ‘im.

It’s rare, in her earlier journals, for Quianna to make such personal obversations.  Even when writing in her own diary, she was a pretty private person, though she does get a bit more introspective as time goes on.




Me job is still about the same; savin’ lives when I can… though more often n’ not, me thinks that some of these Sims jus’ like the attention.  *shrug*  Oh well, still get paid.


The patriarch of their furry family members followed his mate and became an elder.  Just in time too, because a little while later, their daughter Bastet made them grandsires.  She gave birth to a single kitten that the family dubbed Sekhmet.  The kitten and her father are very close; and it appears she has gotten the family trait of wanting to tackle everyone and everything.




Quianna’s children didn’t begin to keep journals until their teen years and even then, it was sporadic, mostly dealing with momentous events, such as the following excerpt taken from Teuta Agana’s diary.

“I’ve been fighting with this for a while, but I finally feel that it’s the right time.  When Da gave me that lil gift of ‘is, ‘e told me I’d know when t’ use it.  So I opened it up and found a large beaker.  Da told me t’ give it to Roche, so that’s what I did.  I know me Mum thought me and Rus was crazy.  But this is proof we weren’t. 

When ‘e took the bottle, he tipped it back and drank it down.  There was a grimace on his face; must not ‘ave tasted so good, but he drank it down.  Suddenly, there was all this light and swirlin’ colors.  Then Roche stood before me.  I mean REALLY stood before me.  He was a real Sim!  I mean, he was always real, t’ me.  But now, ‘e would be real t’ everyone else too!”



That’s right, Roche was no longer an imaginary friend.  He had been given life, true life, as had been intended all along.  By whom, and why, well, that’s all part of the mystery surrounding the Agana family.



This next one is an excerpt from Rusila Agana’s diary.

“Teuta told me that she’s going to do it today.  She asked me if I wanted to do it, too, but I told her no.  I don’t know… something is keeping me from doing it.  Neither Morgan or I are ready for it, I don’t think.  I’ll know.  That’s what Daddy said, anyway.  He said I’ll know when the time’s right.  And when I talked to Morgan about it, he agreed.  We’ll see.  It’s nice to see Teu running around with Roche.  Not sure if mom and dad know quite how to deal with HOW close…  I see dad grinding his teeth at times.  It’s not that he doesn’t like Roche because he does.  He’s always saying how good a kid he is; I mean, the guy does chores all the time and you can see he genuinely loves Teuta.  I mean, they’ve been best friends for ages.  And now they want something more.  But he’s still our dad and he gets protective.  Mom shoos him away though.  It’s really cute, to watch the two of them. 

I really can’t wait until it’s Morgan and mine’s turn.  But we will, we want to make sure the timing is right.”




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Woah roche has a really unique haircolour! I love it, wonder if their children will get that haircolour too...

Awesome story btw! I love the accent you write! Isn't it tiring to keep writing like that?
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« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2013, 01:27:18 PM »
Woah roche has a really unique haircolour! I love it, wonder if their children will get that haircolour too...

Awesome story btw! I love the accent you write! Isn't it tiring to keep writing like that?

Most IF's have some crazy hair colors, which is why I love them hehehe.  You'll have to wait and see *grin*

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Chapter 9: Having to Say Goodbye Too Soon

Now that there be a new family member… we added onto the girls’ room.  Mostly just bought a set of bunk beds so Roche ‘as a place t’ sleep.  Gotta say, still can’t quite wrap me ‘ead around it.  I know me da ‘ad somethin’ t’ do wit’ this, but I’m not sure ‘ow ‘e was able t’ do this.  Just doesn’t seem possible.  Then again, young Roche be standin’ right in front o’ me, an’ I know me eyes still be workin’ so it IS possible.  Just ‘aven’t worked out ‘OW yet…


Another excerpt from Rusila’s diary

“Morgan and I keep talking about the day that I get to give him the potion, the potion that will make him real, just like Teuta gave to Roche.  It’s almost time, I can feel it…  Just a little while longer.  Oh, I hope I can wait.  I don’t want to mess things up!”


Me girls ‘ad their prom t’night.  Though Rusila went stag, they all ‘ad a wonderful time.  Roche and Teuta were the talk of the school and came ‘ome as King an’ Queen.  If’n there ‘ad been another spot for Queen, I think it woulda been Rusila; according t’ Teuta, she tore up the dance floor and ‘ad all the young bucks after ‘er.  Silas looked a bit perturbed wit’ this, but ‘e didna say anything.  ‘E just smiled and said ‘e was glad they ‘ad a good time.  I’m so proud o’ me kids!




Lil Sehkmet is no longer so lil.  She’s a right adult now, she is, big as ‘er parents.  She’s a real beauty, ain’t she?




‘er Mam, Bastet is an elder now, too.  Still, ‘asn’t lost any energy.  Bastet still loves t’ tackle ‘er beau, Thoth on a regular basis.


I look back on me life an’ sometimes still can’t quite believe what twists an’ turns it’s taken.  Silas bein’ the most unbelievable… and yet, ‘e is one of the single greatest things in me life.  Before Silas, me opinion on men in general was less than flatterin’.  Me da’ ‘ad been lil more than a name t’ me.  Some o’ the men on me crew were alright… then the mutiny.  Silas ‘elped me t’ see that not only were there good men, but that… I deserved t’ be loved.  That was the ‘ardest part.  I didn’t even know ‘ow bad it was, until I realized that Silas actually loved me.  We’ve been married almost 20 years now.  And though he’s quite a bit older, our love ‘as only grown.


Fer our anniversary, we went to the Summer Festival.  It ‘olds a special place in our ‘earts, since it’s where we first laid eyes on each other all those years ago.  We went skatin’ just like we did then.  We still got it, we do.  *winks*



We were ‘avin’ a great time, but me Silas sometimes forgets ‘e isn’t as young as ‘e once was.  The ‘eat was terrible
Silas is no longer a young man and the heat soon got to him; he collapsed at me very feet!  I was scared, that ain’t a lie.  But I fell back on me lifeguard training.  And ‘e wasn’t out long.  But still… gave me own ‘eart a fright.  Despite ‘is loud protests, I bundled ‘im ‘ome.



‘Is darned beeper went off a couple ‘ours after we got ‘ome.  I told ‘im ‘e needed rest, but ‘e just smiled at me and ran out the door.  I know ‘is work’s important, I know that.  But… it’s ‘ard enough not knowin’ what ‘e’s doin’ or when ‘e might be ‘ome.  And after today… ‘e scared me.


Family lore states that our Pirate Queen went to bed, though she didn’t actually sleep.  She lay awake, waiting for the sound of the door opening, meaning her husband had come home.  When he went out on these secret assignments of his, there was no telling when he would return.  However, on this occasion, he returned home after only a few hours.  He stood, watching his wife for a few moments, then slid into bed.  He held her close and murmured her name and how much he loved her.


Quianna’s journal ends for quite a while at this point, for reasons that will be very apparent shortly.

This is a segment from Teuta Agana’s journal.


“I-I can barely write.  D-da… I-I can’t even seem to keep my thoughts together… Sila, Roche, and I were still up, just kinda ‘anging out upstairs.  I’d gone downstairs to grab a drink.  Mum and Da ‘ad left the door open a bit and I could ‘ear my dad’s voice.  He sounded… off.  A little off.  There was a… catch in ‘is voice.  ‘e was telling my mum ‘ow much ‘e loved her, ‘ow much ‘e loved his family…  I-I was smiling.  My da got sentimental sometimes.  Figured ‘e was just gettin’ sentimental again.  I ‘ad grabbed my drink and was ‘eadin’ back upstairs when I ‘eard the most Watcher-awful shriek…  It was my mum.  I ran into the room.  S-saw me da.  ‘E-‘e was… ‘e ‘ad fallen to the ground and-and was just… layin’ there…  My mum… she dropped down beside ‘im, was tryin’ t’ give ‘im CPR.  B-but I knew…  I-I could see ‘im… see my dad.  ‘E… well, ‘is spirit was ‘overin’ over the two of them.  ‘E-‘e looked so sad, looked at ‘ow my mother wailed.  “Teuta,” ‘e whispered to me.  “Help your mother.  I’m sorry.  But I have to go now.  It’s my time.  I love you all.”  And with that… my da was just… gone.

I ‘ad to pull my mum away, ‘ad to tell ‘er that it was too late.  She fought…  she fought me.  But then she just… crumpled. I ‘eld onto ‘er, just ‘eld ‘er as we both cried.  Da… Da was 92.  I-I don’t know ‘ow we’re supposed t’ get through this…”




The Agana household became a place of tears and grief for many months after the passing of Silas.  Neighbors swear that they heard the keening of the people, as well as that of the feline family members for weeks afterward.  No one left the house; Quianna called off work and even the girls and Roche remained home from school.



This is an excerpt from Rusila Agana’s journal.

“Can’t believe that dad’s gone…  I wake up crying most mornings because I keep dreaming that he’s still there with us…  I feel like I’ll go mad…  I had forgotten about Morgan for the first few days.  I just… was numb.  But I need someone.  I need to be held.  So I gave Morgan the serum, not caring if it was the right time or not.  I think it was, but… I just need someone.  And… and once the serum takes effect, and the colors swirl around… there he is.  There’s my Morgan!  He can never replace my dad, no one can.  But it’s so good to see him!  And then… then I just dissolved into tears.  He pulled me into his arms and just held me…  I miss my dad.  I really do.  But Morgan helps.




“Whenever I need him, he’s always just… there.”


The period of grieving for the family lasted quite a while.  Teuta, her sister, Roche, and Morgan went back to school and Quianna returned to work.  But there was always something missing afterwards.  However, time moves on, as all of us mortals know.

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« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2013, 04:00:54 AM »
Oh no! RIP Silas. But on a happier note, Sehkmet is a much prettier cat than I usually get out of the kitties I breed in my games. Is there going to be a Nephthys further down the line?
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« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2013, 01:28:20 PM »
Aw.  Bye Bye, Da. 

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« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2013, 02:37:35 AM »
Aw, RIP, Silas...



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Re: The Blood Legacy [Chapter 9, 8/30/2013]
« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2013, 01:38:38 AM »
Oh no! RIP Silas. But on a happier note, Sehkmet is a much prettier cat than I usually get out of the kitties I breed in my games. Is there going to be a Nephthys further down the line?

Aw.  Bye Bye, Da. 

Aw, RIP, Silas...

*sniff sniff* I hate losing the spouses, particularly the founding spouse.  Always makes me sad.  With those two, every time I turned my attention to other things, they were autonomously "extremely irresistible" to each other and were constantly popping wishes for one another.  That makes it worse, I think.

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Chapter 10: Time Stands Still for No Sim

After the death of the family patriarch, the Aganas moved through life in a bit of a haze for a while.  Quianna Agana no longer wrote in her journal.  Anything from this period was passed through word of mouth, or from the journals of Teuta or Rusila.  Their husbands also kept journals, but they were sporadic.  I believe they more acted as… reports for a certain someone.

It seems that Rusila was the first to begin coming out of the haze; the next documentation comes from her journal.


It just seems so unreal that dad is gone… out of anyone, he and I were closest, I think.  Mom and Teuta had more to talk about together.  Dad and I… we just clicked.  He always was just so… smart.  And he was good with people.  I think I’d have gone mad by now, mad with grief if it weren’t for Morgan.  He steadies me.  I’ll always miss dad, I know that.  But Morgan makes it bearable.  He’s just always there for me… has been there since I was a toddler.  I don’t know how I would have survived this without him.




My sister has taken up chess.  I think she uses it to keep her mind off dad.  Roche is there for her too, but though her and I are twins, we are very different.  She deals with things differently than I do.  She doesn’t really lean on anyone, not even Roche, not until she’s dealt with things herself.  It’s just how she is.


My sister and I are pretty lucky.  Roche knows Teuta, and knows her well.  He gives her all the space she needs.  She knows he’ll be there waiting when she needs him.  In the meantime, he’s taken up painting.  He’s gettin’ better at it, too.


Even the cats need consolation at this time.  Isis and Osiris were both pretty tight with dad too.  It’s good that they have each other.


Mom… poor mom.  She’s… we’re all worried about her.  She gets up, goes to work, cooks dinner… but Teuta and I know she’s just going through the motions.  She hasn’t smiled in months.  We hope she just needs time…  She loved dad, we know that.  Losing him has just about leveled her.  I understand, I do.  I just… I want my mom back.  It’s like we lost both of them, in a way.  Teuta says just to give her more time.  I hope she’s right…


Seems so weird, but all of us- me, Teuta, Roche, and Morgan- all celebrated our young adult birthdays together today.  We had cake, but it was a private party, just for the family.  Mom cheered for us but we could tell her heart wasn’t in it.  At least that’s something though.


We all took a trip to the dresser and to the dresser.  Here we are after we all were made presentable.

First up, my sister Teuta.  Though she takes after our mother most of all, and she really does embrace the pirate legacy mom left us with, she has her own specific style.



Roche feels the need to act the part of the spouse of the newest “Pirate Queen” and chose a style that would suit that role.  He looks pretty good, though I don’t think he’s as handsome as my Morgan.  I might be biased, of course, though…



Me, I’m as sexy as ever.  *winks*  I think I look pretty darn good, actually.  I’m not vain, but I know I look good, so why shouldn’t I show it off a bit?  I have it on good authority that Morgan definitely likes my new look.



Morgan isn’t a fashion plate; I think he’s even more handsome because of it.  How many guys can pull off this kind of look, one that they didn’t really spend any time on? 



Morgan didn’t waste any time once they became adults.  He recorded the next event in a letter to an as-yet, undisclosed individual:

“My hands were sweating the entire time.  I took Rusila to the nearby park toward sunset.  It was chilly out, considering it was the end of fall; winter would be here soon.  Sorry, I’m babbling.  Still can’t quite remember it’s real…  Hard to believe, for me anyway.  So, I took her to the park, just watched the horizon for a bit.  We were standing on the little bridge they have there.  It took me a bit to get my courage up, I’ll admit.  I’d been fingering the little box in my pocket for a while.  Finally, as the sun’s light was dying, I got down on one knee.  “Rusila Agana,” I said.  “Would you do me the greatest honor, make me the happiest man alive, and become my wife?”

She didn’t speak for a while, her hand over her mouth.  To be honest, I was a bit scared, afraid she’d say no.  But after what seemed like an eternity, she threw her arms around my neck.  “Yesyesyesyesyesyesyes!” she cried out.  I was delirious with relief and so happy…  I hugged her to me and let out a silent prayer to the Watcher- and to you.  Don’t worry, I’ll look after her.  I love her more than life itself.  I imagine you know that.”


Neither Rusila or Morgan wanted a big wedding; no, they were too impatient.  So the two of them exchanged rings and vows right there, beneath the moonlight.  Rusila recorded their vows so that she could always look back on them, so she could tell their children.

As we stood there, under the moonlight, looking into each other’s eyes, my heart was thundering loud enough that I was afraid I wouldn’t hear him speak.  But when he put the ring on my finger, all I heard was him.  “I take this woman, Rusila Agana, to be my legally wedded wife.  I promise to love her, to cherish her, and to protect her for all time.”

When it was my turn, I had to swallow the tears that kept threatening to fall and said quietly, “I take this man, Morgan Agana, to be my legally wedded husband.  I promise to love him, to cherish him, and to protect HIM for all time.”

Then we kissed, as man and wife, with the Watcher and the moon as our witnesses.



The family was happy for us.  When we told mom, she smiled, the first real smile I’d seen on her face in a while.  I think she was a little disappointed that we didn’t go all in for the big wedding, but she understood.  After all, she and dad had done the small, private wedding too.

We didn’t have much time for celebration, since the next day was graduation.  It was a quick ceremony, thankfully.  I did alright in school, but I just wanted to get on with my life, my life with Morgan.


We got started on that life right away, as soon as we got home.  He and I went up to our room and celebrated.


Roche, though he enjoyed painting, decided on a different art to make his job.  He’s been really into writing lately and so, decided to get a job with the local newspaper.  He told me he’d leave the painting to me, since that’s what I’ve been doing.  It’s mostly something I do as a hobby, but there have been a couple that people seem willing to pay money for.


My sister, on the other hand, decided that she would follow in our father’s footsteps and joined the police department.  She’s more interested in the Forensic Branch, though and she’s been working hard at the chess table and dad’s chemistry set.



I asked her when she and Roche were planning on tying the knot and she just grinned.  “We’ll get there.  I think we each want to focus on work, just for a little while, get settled in.  We’ll know when it’s time.”

She’s more patient than I am, obviously.  But it seems fitting for the two of them.  Teuta always put more stock in… I guess you could say Fate than I ever did.


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Re: The Blood Legacy [Chapter 10, 9/2/2013]
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I really like your story so far! You're doing a great job, hope to read more soon! ;D
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Re: The Blood Legacy [Chapter 10, 9/2/2013]
« Reply #22 on: September 11, 2013, 01:52:27 AM »
I really like your story so far! You're doing a great job, hope to read more soon! ;D

Aw, thanks ^^  I appreciate it.  Glad you like it.  I really love this family and their story as it unfolds.  Hope you enjoy this update.

Chapter 11: Joining Two Lives

It is apparent that though they would wait a little while to get married, they didn’t wait TOO long.  Despite their willingness to let Fate follow its course, Teuta and Roche wanted to get married, to join their lives together, legally and officially, to proclaim to all and sundry what they were to one another.

“Where to even begin… today ‘as been a magical day.  Roche and I routinely go for a walk along the shore near the ‘ouse.  We both just love the sand and sea.  We walked along the beach, ‘oldin’ ‘ands like we always do.  Then Roche stopped, right beneath a palm tree.  ‘e drew me close and we just looked into each other’s eyes.  I could stare into ‘is beautiful eyes forever.  When I look into them, I see us, the two of us, and our life together.  After a lil while, he drew away slowly, wearing a small grin.”


“I tilted my ‘ead at ‘im, even as ‘e slowly got down on one knee.  ‘E took my ‘and in ‘is once again.  ‘Teuta,’ ‘e murmured, ‘is eyes never leavin’ mine.  ‘You’ve been my world since the first day your dad handed me to you.  I’ve loved you since that first day and that love only grows whenever I’m around you.  Teuta Agana, you would make me the happiest man in the world if you’d marry me, become my wife.’

I couldn’t speak for a long time.  Couldn’t get any words past the lump that ‘ad lodged in my throat.  So I just threw my arms around him and ‘ugged ‘im ‘ard.  ‘E and I ‘ave ‘ad a connection for a long time, that I know.  Now, we were comin’ full circle and ready to strengthen that connection.  Roche and I… we’re gettin’ married!”


“We’re getting married.  I always knew it would ‘appen, that Roche was always the one fer me… but knowin’ it and now ‘avin’ it be that much closer boggles my mind.  Feel a bit light-‘eaded, even.  But Roche grabs me again and we both just look into each other’s eyes.  It steadies me and I can only smile tenderly at ‘im.”


“I ‘urried ‘ome to tell my mum the news.  Truth be told, I was a bit afraid of ‘ow she’d take it, but it seemed t’ be just the thing.  I saw ‘er come to life fer the first time since we lost Da.  She put ‘er ‘and on my shoulder, then pulled out ‘er phone and began makin’ calls.  She gave me that look that can she get sometimes and said that there was gonna be a wedding… a real wedding, with all the trimmings.  She didn’t make a fuss about Rusila and Morgan, but said that no way was ‘er ‘eir gettin’ out of ‘avin’ a full wedding, in front of the whole town.  I was too ‘appy to see ‘er comin’ t’ life to argue.  Plus… the thought of gettin’ all prettied up, just this once, to marry Roche, ‘ad an appeal to me, not that I normally go fer that kind of thing, like my sister.”



“My ‘ead is spinnin’ a bit.  When my mum gets an idea into ‘er ‘ead, she doesn’t let it go.  She wasn’t kiddin’ about a wedding with all the trimmings… before I knew it, she’d brow-beaten a few of the townsfolk into ‘elpin’ set up an absolutely beautiful wedding party area at the edge of the property.  And mum is runnin’ around like a madwoman.  She insists on cookin’ the food ‘erself.  Watchin’ ‘er be so animated is the only thing keepin’ me from interfering because she is runnin’ ‘erself a bit ragged, but it’s good t’ see a smile on ‘er face again.”



“Mum made me and Roche go get fitted today fer the weddin’.  We ‘ave plenty of time, but neither of us argued.  We just said, ‘Yes ma’am’ and did what she told us.  I was pretty darn close t’ salutin’ ‘er, to be ‘onest.  She also was adamant that we not see each other in our weddin’ clothes since it was bad luck.  I kinda like that tradition, if for no other reason that I want Roche’s jaw to drop when ‘e sees me on our weddin’ day.”


“I got married today.  I still can’t quite believe it.  It all just seems like it was a dream.  A wonderful, perfect dream.  The sun was settin’ and the guests were millin’ around and then it was time.  Roche just took my breath away.  ‘e’s always been so ‘andsome, but in ‘is pirate coat, the coat of a Captain… I think I came as close t’ swoonin’ as I ever ‘ave or ever will again.  We stood underneath the arch and then it was time to exchange our vows.”

“I went first.  I looked at my future ‘usband and as I slid the ring onto ‘is finger, I said, ‘I, Teuta Agana, swear myself to you, Roche Agana.  I swear to love you, to cherish you, to live our days together, to be there for you and to never leave you wanting.  Beneath the sky, where it meets with the sea, I seal this vow, this promise and with this ring, I thee wed.’”

“He smiled at me and took my ‘and and as ‘e slid the ring on my own finger, ‘e said, ‘I, Roche Agana, swear myself to you, Teuta Agana.  I promise to love you, to cherish you, to protect you, to live our lives with you as the center of my world.  I swear this to you, to all here, but also to all the things beyond.  Where the sky meets the sea, I seal this vow, this promise and with this ring, I thee wed.”




The two sealed their vows with a passionate kiss and so, they became husband and wife.  Roche and Teuta Agana, the newly crowned Pirate King and Queen of Sunlit Tides.  They were the heir to the famous Captain Blood, though none of them fully understood what that meant at this point.


“The reception is a bit of a blur.  I remember parts of the cake cuttin’ and then eatin’, ‘uggin’ my mum.  I know I ‘ad a great time, and that it was a ‘it with everyone else too.  I was still reelin’ with the knowledge that me and Roche were man and wife!”


“It wasn’t too long before we snuck away anyway, retirin’ to our room like any newlyweds so we could celebrate our weddin’ day.”


“Come to think of it… my sister and brother-in-law left before we did.  I figure they ‘ad a similar idea.”


While there was a lot of joy for the family, with two marriages, there was also another tragedy, though one that didn’t surprise anyone.  The Grim came for Isis.  She had lived a good long life, one with a family that loved her.  Her mate Osiris was beside himself with grief and howled for her all that night.



“We’re all a little sad here.  Losin’ Isis was ‘ard, though she was pretty old.  Mum took it ‘ard, of course.  She and Osiris rescued ‘er before mum came to Sunlit Tides.  But she’s bounced back a bit quicker this time.  It may ‘ave somethin’ t’ do with the fact that my sister ‘as been showin’ certain… signs.”


“Sure enough, Rusila’s pregnant!  She’s just got the confirmation from the doctor.”


“She ran to tell ‘er ‘usband.  Morgan was thrilled, as are the rest of us.  Mum will enjoy bein’ a grandmum, I think.”




In fact, Quianna became an elder that night.  She was ready to be a grandmother, to see her line continue on, until it was her time to rejoin her Silas.  It was hard, to continue on without him, but she would be there for her family for her remaining days.




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Re: The Blood Legacy [Chapter 11, 9/11/2013]
« Reply #23 on: September 11, 2013, 02:23:56 AM »
Nice update - those are some really beautiful shots from the proposal and wedding :D



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Re: The Blood Legacy [Chapter 11, 9/11/2013]
« Reply #24 on: September 27, 2013, 01:48:57 AM »
Nice update - those are some really beautiful shots from the proposal and wedding :D

Thanks!  Yeah, I worked really hard to get those shots.  I have been experimenting and really trying for quality shots.  Those were the first ones that I felt were truly how I wanted them to look ^^  So I'm glad you liked them. 

For those that are interested, I have put up the Aganas, including pets up on the Swap Shop.  Use the link in my signature to get to my Swap Shop page ^^

And now for the next update!

Chapter 12: An Exciting Snow Flake Day

Quianna worked for a bit longer, then decided it was time to retire from being a lifeguard.  With one grandchild on the way, she wanted to be able to be home for them.  But she was not a woman who could remain idle, not with the life she had lived, so she found a few new hobbies to keep herself busy in the meantime.




Both of the twins were still keeping sporadic journals.  During her pregnancy, the entries became even more sporadic but the portions soon to be highlighted, shed a bit of light during this point in the family’s history.

“We finally finished the nursery.  It’s been built off our room, so that when the baby is born, we can be close to them.  It’s so cute.  Morgan spoils me senseless at times, rubbing my back whenever it even seems to think of hurting.  And the way he’s always talking to my belly and rubbing it, whispering little secrets to his child.  Still just can’t get over it.  I can’t wait to hold our child.”




“Our Thoth has joined his mate in elderhood today.  Still acts like a kitten, though.”


Both of the girls had something to say about this holiday season… with good reason.  First up, is Teuta.
“With the snow fallin’ softly outside, the boys ‘ung up ‘olidays lights.  Looks good, me thinks.  Mum’s rubbin’ off on me I think.  I’m startin’ t’ talk more and more like she does every day.  Not complainin’, mind.  But my school days are slippin’ outta my mind.  My teachers would be ‘avin’ a fit.

Listen t’ me, gettin’ off track.  Our Gift Givin’ Party was just fer the family.  We ‘ad quite the time openin’ gifts.  All of us kids pulled together and got our mum somethin’ special.  It was a spa package.  She was really tickled and couldn’t wait t’ use it.  The rest of us opened our gifts an’ ‘ad a marry ol’ time.  I got a set of VR goggles from Roche.  Couldn’t believe ‘e kept ‘em a secret!  I got ‘im a new computer, a laptop.  Morgan got Rusila a new easel and she gave ‘im one of ‘er paintings, a colorful abstract piece.”








“Of course, me sister just ‘ad t’ give us all another present, one uppin’ everythin’!  I kid, of course.  It started when she asked t’ try out the VR goggles that Roche got me.  I told ‘er go fer it.”


“I should write the manufacturers an’ either warn ‘em or congratulate ‘em that ther product is life-like enough to induce labor!  That’s right.  My sister went int’ labor while playin’!  With the men ‘oppin’ around in a panic, me and mum got things together.  With the snow, though, we didn’t dare take ‘er t’ the ‘ospital, so with me and mum, tendin’ ‘er, Rusila gave birth at ‘ome.  My nephew, Magnus Agana, came int’ the world wit’ a full set o’ lungs, believe me.”



With the newest family member, things were as expected.  Young Magnus was the center of attention for a long time.  His mother and father, both exhausted, were given breaks by his grandmother and aunt and uncle.  Rusila wrote this a few months after his birth:

“When I’m not taking care of Magnus, I’m sleeping.  I really appreciate the rest of the family helping out with my little boy, I truly do.  Morgan does too.  I still don’t know how mom and dad did this with two babies, just the two of them!  I can’t even fathom it!  And they both worked full time jobs!  But as much as I love the help, Morgan and I have been talking.  We’ve come to the decision that it’s time to the leave the nest, to strike out on our own.  My sister is the heir; she’s always loved the sea and I don’t begrudge her it at all, nor do I feel the slightest resentment.  I was afraid I would, when the time came, but I can’t.  She’s my sister and I love her.  This is what’s right.  She and Roche will have their own family someday and they’ll need the space.  I know she and mom won’t like it, but I think they’ll understand as well.”

Quianna and Teuta at first DID try to talk them into staying, but when Rusila told them this was for the best and that they wouldn’t be moving far, the two bid them a tearful goodbye.  Bastet and Thoth accompanied the younger Aganas to their new home as well, since Bastet had always been a bit closer to Rusila and Thoth couldn’t leave his mate.


“Just not the same without Rusila, Morgan, the baby, Bastet, and Thoth.  Me and mum ‘ad quite the conversation today, while we played chess.”

That conversation has been purposely omitted, for the sake of suspense and discovery.


“The pet adoption agency called us again.  They found a fella that they thought would be perfect fer our Sekhmet.  ‘e’s a mixed breed, and a ‘andsome tomcat, ‘e is.  Sekhmet obviously approves of ‘im.  She gave ‘im the traditional family welcome soon as ‘e stepped int’ the door!”




“The last few months, Roche and me ‘ave been workin’ ‘ard at our jobs.  We’ve both been steadily climbin’ the ranks and we finally decided it was time t’ try fer the next generation.  We ‘ad t’ do it a few times, just t’ make sure it took, o’ course…”  *unrepentant grin*

When the pregnancy was confirmed, the couple was besides themselves with joy.  The next generation was one their way.




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