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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: Pride and Selfishness
« Reply #300 on: January 22, 2014, 06:47:40 PM »

I'm hopeful, but I still want to see a picture of Palmira to know she's happy and healthy, goshdarnit! You're such a tease, LivvieLove!  :P

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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: Pride and Selfishness
« Reply #301 on: January 22, 2014, 09:01:30 PM »
-furiously fans her eyes to stop tears-

I will assume nothing. Nope, nope. But I will GUESS. The baby's gonna get taken? Held hostage? Noten has to sacrifice himself for it? Palmira has to? I'm done.

I feel the need to ask this just because...well, it occurred to me a while ago and now it won't leave me alone: where does Noten work? XD I know the theme of the story is that you can't get out and work and survive, buuuut where was Noten working so that they were able to afford to buy the island? Or were you managing Hobart's Hideaway in the background?
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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: Pride and Selfishness
« Reply #302 on: January 22, 2014, 10:21:29 PM »
Oh my gosh. I teared up while Noten was telling Palmira his worries!  :'(  Edward is a little cutie! I noticed you didn't tell us his traits.... I can only guess what this little nooboo is hiding from us.  ;)
I'm glad I was able to capture that, I was really trying to put myself in a position from both ends. I'm a more sensitive person so it's hard for me to play off Palmira's character and make it real, but I know I can nail Noten's! Sweet! :)
Edward. Is. A. Doll. I've seen him as a toddler. Like. Death by cuteness. Perfect mixture genes.
His traits? Honestly I didn't mention them because I felt like that would throw the story off of the sentimental set it was on. He's Athletic and Brave. I'll be sure to put that in the next chapter though.

Welcome Edward! I'm so happy to see that Palmira and him are both safe and healthy! I've said it before, quite a few times, but Noten is so sweet! I loved the one scene when he doubled over for a moment and cried softly. I feel like it told a lot about him and also all the worry and stress that he was under. Edward is going to be adorable! I can't wait til he's older!
He really is such a sweetie. He's a little sensitive, but I think that makes me that much more loveable. He's just this loveable, honest, endearing guy. That moment was actually a last minute thing I threw in... I didn't feel like I was portraying Noten as concerned enough. I wanted to make clear that his anger and resentment were not at Palmira because of anything other than that he loved her dearly and didn't want to watch her die, which he thought he would be doing by letting her go through with having Edward.
Heh, if you think Noten's a cutie, just wait until you see Edward. That's all I have to say.

Awww! Edwards gonna grow up to be a cutie I'm sure of it, I mean just look at his parents. :D   And YAY! Palmira got through childbirth alright...as far as we know, but something could always happen...dun dun dun lol
Haha, actually no. Palmira made it through just fine. I thought about including the picture at the end but I was already getting pretty close to my limit (at least I thought it was) and I could find no way to incorporate it that wouldn't break up the sentimental scene I had going.
However, just because she's safe now doesn't mean she will be later. So, don't get too comfortable. Haha (evil laughter).

I'm hopeful, but I still want to see a picture of Palmira to know she's happy and healthy, goshdarnit! You're such a tease, LivvieLove!  :P
Oh my *feigns embarrassment* I didn't realize I was such a tease! *faint giggle*
Haha, no, Palmira really is fine. I do have a picture, she's resting happily, I just found no way to include it that didn't break up the pure sentimental idea of Noten and his baby.
Also, I was at or close to my screencap limit, so no breaking forum rules for me!

-furiously fans her eyes to stop tears-

I will assume nothing. Nope, nope. But I will GUESS. The baby's gonna get taken? Held hostage? Noten has to sacrifice himself for it? Palmira has to? I'm done.

I feel the need to ask this just because...well, it occurred to me a while ago and now it won't leave me alone: where does Noten work? XD I know the theme of the story is that you can't get out and work and survive, buuuut where was Noten working so that they were able to afford to buy the island? Or were you managing Hobart's Hideaway in the background?
Haha, actually I didn't think about that... now there's an idea! (Just kidding, of course I have plans that are ultimately more depressing...). 
And I think knowing Noten's job will disappoint you.
He doesn't have one.
I dropped his funds to 1000 when he moved in, and when it came time to buy the lot and build the house, I actually just sold a few of the zillions of items I had in the family inventory (gifts from weddings past, I love you note gifts, gifts from Simmers online...) In the end I left them with a little under 1000 because in this case it would be silly for them to have money because neither of them CAN work. Palmria has been itching to get a job. She rolled wishes for every job under the sun since she grew older but honestly they don't need one. I hate to have to admit this but this generation is a lot more scripted due to the heavy lag I get from I.P. Whenever I boot up that game, do my secret tricks, and move people around I tend to have to call it a day after about 30-40 minutes of playing and grabbing screenshots because I'm tired of the lag.
Don't get me wrong, I love this story, and it's going to take a lot more than lag to stop me from writing it, but it just means I turn off free will and am a little less liberal with what I allow my Sims to do, including jobs.

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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: Change in the Tide
« Reply #303 on: January 23, 2014, 04:54:08 PM »
Change in the Tide
Mylee had baked a cake as a gift to celebrate the birth of Edward Reaper, so we could continue our tradition of aging the young up. Palmira even came out to celebrate as well, but considering the time and the fact that she had just brought Edward into the world she was still pretty worn out.

Unfortunately, since Edward grew like a weed, Noten and Palmira could only ever keep a few cloth diapers that they would change out, wash and dry before reusing. Potty training would be crucial for this little one.

Mylee stayed all throughout the next day to ensure Palmira made her recovery before she parted ways to head home. Palmira recovered fully and had a healthy radiance about her. Her diet had allowed her to come back to a healthier weight and her cheeks had filled out once more. Noten was thrilled to see her doing better, so he often pushed for her to continue her diet. He still woke up long before she would and prepared her breakfast to ensure she would continue to be healthy and happy. Often, Edward would watch his father in awe. There was never a boy who loved his father more than Edward.
Noten would scoop Edward up and talk with his son. "Let's go make mommy some breakfast, yeah?"
At the time, Edward could only gurgle, but the sound of his father's voice made him feel safe.

During the time that Palmira would still sleep after Noten finished making breakfast he would dedicate to teaching his son to walk.

Noten had done a lot of thinking in those times in the mornings with his son. He started to realize how much his boy would need as he grew older and it pained him to know he couldn't just give him everything like Emrin had for him. He would sneak out late at night and dumpster dive, hoping to find something special for Edward, unfortunately, it only ever resulted in one toy - a toy boat, but Edward loved his toy boat. He would throw tantrums at any point when he couldn't find the toy or if Bear took it to chew on.

Palmira also had such a strong love for her son, she spent time focused on his learning.
"Daddy is a... sailer. Say, sailer! Say-lar."
"Daddy say-lar!"

She tried to find easy ways to explain the hardships to her son, but it was much harder than she expected it to be... especially since her son had so many questions.
"Unfortunately sweetie, we can't just buy new things, there are bad people in charge."
"Why mommy? Why not?"
Palmira loved her son's curiosity, but it always put her in a position where she felt cornered into telling lies to her son. She sighed levely. "I really don't know the answer to that Eddie." She would brush his hair back away from his eyes. "Bad people took away your grandpa. Sometimes... people hurt others for power and money."
"But... why mommy?"
"That's what they want, sweetie. Power and money is what drives them, but don't let it be what drives you. They want power and money so bad that they take away the most important thing to others - their freedom."
"Freedom important." Edward's brow would furrow as he would take in his mother's words.
"Yes sweetie, freedom is very important. I want my Edward to always be free."
"I want you to be free too mommy!"
"I would like that very much my dear. Now let's go see what daddy's up to, ok?"

Noten and Palmira were still happily in love, every night after they would put Edward to bed they would often go out and watch the stars - just like they did the night they were married.

Noten finally found some other clothing for himself while dumpster diving. He handed his older clothes to Palmira and asked her to ensure their son had something to grow up in. Palmira admired her husband's determination to give Edward everything he could, but she often worried that he might take it too far.

Ruben had stopped by and mentioned a food shortage. Palmira and Noten began to work in the garden full time in order to put food on other's tables. Edward would watch while playing with his boat from the open wall along with Bear who has returned to being guardian of the children once again with Edwards age.

Bear always was a good dog to have around the house, but he was an angel to have now that Edward was a toddler, capable of throwing tantrums at any given time. Bear, being the quiet dog he is, didn't tolerate many tantrums and would often lick Edward in order to find his "off" button.

That would always quiet Edward up quickly, and then Bear could go back to being the passive guardian he usually was.

Noten and Palmira often also got a little "carried away" with themselves. It was easy to forget about the issues happening all around them when they were whisked away in their own fantasies.

That is the life of being in love though, so they never minded.

In fact, it was just after one of those moments that they received a knock on the door from Ruben who looked happier than he had in ages.

Palmira had picked up Edward to put him in bed while Ruben eagerly whispered something to Noten.
"Come, downstairs!" He urged. "Palmira, join us when you're finished!" Palmira nodded as she put down her sleepy boy.
"Mommy, what's going on?" Edward could barely keep his eyes open. Palmira simply smiled.
"I'm not sure sweetie, but I think it's good news."
"Is free?"
"Not yet sweetie, but hopefully." Palmira whispered to him. Edward slowly dropped off.
Palmira came downstairs to see Noten and Ruben huddled over a folder of some kind.

"Oh! Palmira! Good, come look at this!" Ruben called her over.
"What is it?" She asked, noting it looked like a floor plan.
"It's City Hall." Noten said grinning. "They're having a celebratory feast soon for all higher up politicians in town... even Alfonso Alto."
Palmira suddenly understood why Noten was grinning and started to smile widely herself. "You mean... all of our problems are going to be in one place?" She carefully reworded what Noten had described. Noten's head nodded drastically. He was going to burst with how happy he was at this.
"If we launch an attack the night of the feast... we could take out a large chunk of their numbers, as well was the head honcho himself - Alfonso." Ruben pointed at the prints.
"We're going to win this..." Noten said eagerly. "I just can't seem to wrap my head around it." He stood to embrace his wife who instead lept into his arms.

"This is incredible!"
The happy couple saw Ruben out before they headed upstairs to get some sleep themselves.
It wasn't until later in the night that Palmira awoke to an all-too-familiar feeling.

Palmira had a strong feeling in her gut about what caused such a wave of nausea, but she didn't want to say right away. She needed to be sure. She continued on with her day and even spent some time rocking with her son.
"Hey sweetie, how would you feel about being a big brother?"
"A brodder?"
"Yeah, like if you had a little brother or sister."
"I'd be da big brodder, right?"
"Of course, silly." She poked his nose.
"It'd be fun! So long as they no touch my boat."
Palmira smiled at him. "Of course not, that's your boat, but maybe one day you'll learn to share it with them."
"Nope!"

Palmira put her son back down and let him continue playing with his boat before joining Noten out in the garden to break the news to him.
"Hey handsome." She said, peeking around one of the fruit trees.
"Hey gorgeous, is everything ok?" Noten put the watering can down and bent over to remove a few weeds that had started to grow.
"Yeah, I think everything is even better than ok." Palmira rocked back and forth on feet.
"What's on your mind? You look like you've done something mischievous." Noten said skeptically. He stood completely, giving her all of his attention.
"I just wanted to say I got sick last night."
Noten looked confused for a moment before his face changed. "Like... sore throat sick or like..."
"Morning sick... sick." Palmira finished for him. Noten's face started to light up.
"Morning... sickness... sick? As in... we did... we have... we're having..."
"Another baby." Palmira was smiling as she finished his phrasing.

"This is amazing!" Noten said wrapping his arms around her. "We're having another baby?!" He asked rhetorically. He jumped back and ran off to tell bear. Palmira just grinned at him and rubbed her stomach again, feeling much more confident.

"Hello little one." She whispered. She could hear Noten yelling at the brush that he was going to be a father again and laughed to herself. "You're daddy's a little weird, but he's a good man, I can't wait for you to meet him."
Edward had decided to play outside today when everyone discovered it was his birthday. Noten was still upset he couldn't have gotten his son a cake, but Edward didn't mind.

He was just happy to have his parents there to watch him grow.

Palmira gave him the clothing that was once his father's old shirt and pants... now cut up and stitched together to fit his growing body. Shoes were impossible to come by though, as his feet seemed to grow an inch every day!

Noten was on top of the world, and hopefully the war... the oppression... the fighting... would be over soon.
The feast was approaching fast, and Noten was more than ready to take them on.

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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: Change in the Tide
« Reply #304 on: January 23, 2014, 05:15:42 PM »
Well, Edward did not disappoint. What a cutie!  ;D  Can't wait to see nooboo number two, and I hope that there are no complications when Noten attacks City Hall... :o P.S. what color is Eddie's eyes? I couldn't decide on a definate shade, but they are stunning!

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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: Change in the Tide
« Reply #305 on: January 23, 2014, 05:25:16 PM »
Well, Edward did not disappoint. What a cutie!  ;D  Can't wait to see nooboo number two, and I hope that there are no complications when Noten attacks City Hall... :o P.S. what color is Eddie's eyes? I couldn't decide on a definate shade, but they are stunning!
They are Noten's eye color (purple). It's a gorgeous shade. Edward is much like his papa, except his hair color. Hmm, let me take a look here.
When in doubt, compare baby pictures!

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Yup! He's Noten's boy!

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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: Change in the Tide
« Reply #306 on: January 23, 2014, 07:03:53 PM »
That is absolutely Noten's son. Oh my goodness, he is ADORABLE. Absolutely adorable!

"You're daddy's a little weird". I love Palmira haha. Anywho, this sounds like good news! All the bad guys in one place. But if they put the information out so easily, it stands to reason that it could be a trap to draw them out, you know? The town is on lockdown and the higher ups KNOW there's resistence, so they wouldn't be so stupid as to actually bring all the big boys together in one place. It's got to be a trap. I just hope everyone comes out of this okay. =[

Also, can you share what color combination you used to get Noten and Edward's eye color? I know it's purple and you have the eye mod (which I also have) but what were the colors specifically? I'm making a SimSelf and the color combination they have actually looks a lot like my actual eye color XD
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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: Change in the Tide
« Reply #307 on: January 23, 2014, 09:20:50 PM »
That is absolutely Noten's son. Oh my goodness, he is ADORABLE. Absolutely adorable!

"You're daddy's a little weird". I love Palmira haha. Anywho, this sounds like good news! All the bad guys in one place. But if they put the information out so easily, it stands to reason that it could be a trap to draw them out, you know? The town is on lockdown and the higher ups KNOW there's resistence, so they wouldn't be so stupid as to actually bring all the big boys together in one place. It's got to be a trap. I just hope everyone comes out of this okay. =[

Also, can you share what color combination you used to get Noten and Edward's eye color? I know it's purple and you have the eye mod (which I also have) but what were the colors specifically? I'm making a SimSelf and the color combination they have actually looks a lot like my actual eye color XD
You know, I'm pretty sure I used the purple eye color option from the Sims (the one that came as a base option for eye colors, if that makes sense... like the light blue, dark blue, light brown, dark brown). When I genetically engineered Noten I just chose the lightest blond hair and the purple eye choice that was already there on the screen (I didn't customize it, if that makes sense). I'm pretty sure that's what it is, but I'm going to pull Noten into CAS just to check. I'm hopping on the game anyways because I'm just too excited to write this next chapter, so I'll edit this post and let you know.

Edit - Yes, it was a preset, but just to be sure, the numbers are:
R: 137
G: 111
B: 135

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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: A Sleepless Night
« Reply #308 on: January 24, 2014, 01:01:39 AM »
Two in one day! Yeah, this is the part I was excited to write about... this is going to be the generation 5 turning point (and yes, Noten is generation 4, so if that's a hint to anything).
This chapter will be a LOT more text-based than usual. When I write stories like this, I imagine everything playing out like a movie... and a lot of those images I see cannot be done by sims. I also don't like to/want to depict scenes of violence as I don't want to risk breaking the forum rules and the amount of mods I would need to get the scenes exactly as I want them would drive me insane and likely bog down my game. Thank you all for being such kind readers, and I hope this chapter doesn't discourage you from reading further.


A Sleepless Night
Edward was a happy child, he often amused himself by stripping down to his underclothing and playing in the ocean while Bear watched on.

Noten and Palmira would work in the garden and prepare shipments to be sent back to the mainlands for people to eat. Rumor was the grocery store finally reopened which allowed Palmira to rest a little more. Noten was relieved that his wife didn't have to work so hard as she was growing bigger every day.

Palmira and Noten were in bliss. The island issues were finally looking up and their family was growing, what more could anyone ask for? Even Edward was satisfied just swimming in the ocean and playing with his toy boat given to him by his father.
As the feast day started to approach Noten started to gather a few of his things that might be useful for when they infiltrated the staff of the event.
"Dad!" Edward came running into his room. "Dad! Dad! Dad!"
Noten smiled gruffly at his son's eagerness. "What is it son?" He ruffled his son's hair which was promptly followed by Edward smacking at his hand.
"Daaad!" He groaned. Noten just laughed and continued packing. Edward looked up at him. "What'chya doing?" He asked, tilting his head to the side.
"I'm getting ready for the Feast day tonight." He explained to him, "we're going to stop this ridiculous government and take back what's ours."
"Mom says we need to get our freedom back, are we getting that too?" Edward asked, wrapping his arms around his dad's leg and looking up at him.
Noten smiled, "yeah, you could definitely say that." 
Edward's eyes lit up with wonder; he jumped and ran out of the room just as quickly as he had run in. Noten just shook his head slowly and chuckled as he finished zipping up his bag.
Noten came out of the bedroom and embraced his wife.

"I wish you didn't have to go." Palmira whispered.
"Now now," Noten put her face in his hands. "I'll be back before dawn with happy news and Alfonso's head on a platter just for you."
Palmira smiled softly. "Just take care of yourself. I got a letter today from Matteo, he's worried that there's a traitor in our midst. He's almost got a name, he's been hacking into the database for a while now and he'll get back to me as soon as he can. I'll make sure he goes straight to you after, ok?"
Noten frowned. "I can't believe someone would turn on their people like that." He said quietly.
"It's almost over now." Palmira smiled. "Let's just remember that." Noten nodded and smiled at her. There was a grunting sound as Edward climbed up the ladder.
"What are you doing silly?" Palmira called to him as he lugged a hand-tied bag made of his bedsheets.
"I'm going with dad!" He called as he grabbed his bedsheet-bag that held his boat, another blanket and some of Bear's food. Palmira looked perturbed, but Noten only laughed.
"Oh, you're coming with me now buddy?"
"Yeah, I want to fight for our freedom too!" His voice cracked as he stomped his foot. Noten bent down on one knee and ushered for Edward to come over to him.
"I'm afraid you can't come with me this time Eddie." He said wrapping an arm around his son.
Edward's face fell. "But why not? I want to fight too!"
Noten smiled at his boy. "I need you to do something more important for me."
"Really?"
"Mhmm." Noten nodded. "I need you to defend the house!" Noten knew, of course, there would be no attack on their home, but if it made Edward feel better to know he was protecting his mom and future sibling then that would be enough to possibly hold him over.
"The house?!" Edward became alert.
Palmira gave Noten a stare but Noten kept on, "yes! You never know who might come in and try to mess with our things!" Edward's eyes went wide. "So I need you to stand guard outside until your bedtime and then Bear will take over for you. Ok?" Edward nodded furiously. He hopped up and ran towards the front door.
Noten paused, "if you see someone coming, alert your mom, you hear?" He said quickly before Edward had made it to the door.
"Yes sir!" Edward saluted and ran out.
"Protect the house?" Palmira said sarcastically.
"I didn't want him to feel left out. We've all played a part in tonight, some of us just don't realize how important their small task is." Noten smiled and rubbed Palmira's cheek. "Take care of yourself, ok? Listen to everything Mylee tells you."
Palmira rolled her eyes and teased, "don't patronize me." She swatted at him, but then she smiled tenderly. Noten always meant well, even if he did worry too much.
Noten leaned down and started talking to their unborn child, "now, listen to your mommy, ok? I'm so excited to see you! Don't come too soon!" He said rubbing Palmira's extended stomach.
"I'm not due yet!" Palmira teased.
"I know, I just don't want to miss it." Noten said softly.

Outside, Mylee had arrived and noticed little Edward sitting in front of the front door. She looked down at him as she passed. "My! You're growing like a weed there little one! You've grown so much since I've last been here!" Edward only nodded and grunted, he was too busy keeping an eye on the horizon with his boat in hand to let her distract him.

Mylee simply chuckled and walked on in. "Noten," she paused, gathering his attention. "Ruben is waiting for you out in the boat." Noten nodded and kissed Palmira one last time before slinging his backpack over his shoulder and heading out the front door.
"Take care!" Both women called to him.
Noten was halfway down the path to the boat when he felt little arms stretching around his waist. He paused for a moment then saw Edward pushing his face into his side. "Don't go daddy..." He cried.
Noten got down to his level and hugged his son. "I love you Edward, I'll be back soon." He put his hand under Edward's chin. "Stay strong for your mom, ok? I'll be back before you're even awake!"
Edward's lower lip trembled. "You promise?"
"I promise buddy."
They broke apart and Edward waved at them until the boat was long out of sight. Edward jumped when he felt a hand on her shoulder. Mylee looked at him sweetly. "He'll be back soon dear, let's go inside for a snack, ok?"
"But I have to stand on guard!"
"Why don't you let Bear sit in for you for a few minutes while you have some fresh fruit?"
Edward nodded and wiped his eyes. "That's my boy." She said quietly as they walked back to the house.
After his snack, Edward was back on guard outside and Palmira sat down with Mylee.

"How can you stay so calm?" Palmira asked quietly. "I try to keep a good face on for Edward... but I'm terrified. Noten's not a soldier..." She felt her throat starting to close up on her.
"I'm not as calm as you think I am." Mylee said quietly. "I just try to remember the good things about my husband. He is wise and quick and can hold his own if he really had to. It puts me at ease."
Palmira thought on Noten, he was intelligent and strong, he had great leadership abilities. She could even see him taking over for Alfonso after he was out of the picture. Palmira smiled at the idea of her husband being the next president.
"What is it dear?" Mylee asked, noticing the change in Palmira's face.
"Just picturing my husband as president... his ego would surely go to his head." She joked.
Mylee smiled, "Noten would be an excellent leader."
The women sat for a moment when Edward came rushing into the room.
"Mom! Mom, Mom!" He continued saying 'mom' until Palmira calmed him.
"What is it dear?"
"You won't believe this!" Edward was in a state of shock as what just happened. "A bird... a bird flew up and dropped this here! It's a secret note! What if it's a treasure map?!"
Palmira's heart dropped: the traitor.
"What is it dear?" Mylee asked her.
Palmira turned to her, suddenly feeling suspicions of everyone. "Matteo is an informant I have who works in hacking." She said slowly. "He had sent me a note earlier saying he suspected a traitor amongst our group but he hadn't been able to pin them if there was." She paused again, exhaling. "He said he would only send a note if he found out there was one. It would contain the name of the person."

Mylee looked distressed. "Who would do such a thing?" She looked terrified herself now.
"Where is the note, Edward?" Palmira stood up quickly.
"I left it outside... I thought you'd be mad if I touched something a bird dropped."
Palmira half rolled her eyes, of course her child would choose this moment to follow her teachings. "Go and grab it for me, ok sweetie?" Palmira felt pain running through her as she worried. The room was spinning. She was going to find this traitor.
Palmira felt another twinge. Edward came running back in and handed her the sealed note. She reached to open it when the labor pains started and the note fell to the floor. Mylee and Edward rushed over to her.

Noten and Ruben had changed into their tuxes. They had split the rebels into certain groups. The plan was simple. Ruben and Noten would enter in as staff to the event, after the appetizer, they would let in the rest of the rebels who had the firepower to take care of all the people in power. Noten had encouraged Ruben to wait to bring everyone in until after the appetizer so he could be sure that any innocent people got out of there in time to avoid casualties.
"Go on ahead of me." Ruben ushered to Noten. "I'm keeping an eye on the back."
The two of them were sneaking into the back of the City Hall at the moment. They had taken tuxes from the back of the rental truck that had the server's outfits for the night.

"You know, Palmira was telling me earlier about a traitor being part of our ranks, so keep alert." Noten called to Ruben. He started feeling for the key that their inside-man had left for them outside the backdoor.
"A traitor? Who in the world would do such a thing?" Ruben asked to no one in particular as he pulled his revolver out of it's hiding spot in the back of his pants.

"I still think Palmira might've been a little paranoid about that. Being a traitor would have to be pretty hard work considering the face you'd have to pull for both sides in order for it to work out."
"Yes, it is strenuous." Ruben pointed the gun at Noten and cocked it.
Noten's breath caught in his throat. "Ruben?" Noten said as he slowly turned around.
"I'm sorry, Noten." Ruben said gruffly. "It's your head or mine, and personally, I like mine."
Noten stumbled back as the gun went off, burying a bullet deep in his chest.

"Push Palmira! Push!" Mylee yelled over Palmira's screaming.
"Oh watcher!" Palmira cried. "Why is it early? I'm not due yet!"
"You may not think you're due yet, but your little one says otherwise. Come on, you're almost there, I can see the head! Push for me Palmira!"
Palmira let out one last long scream before a cry overtook the room. Her vision blurred and her dizziness started to take over. She could vaguely hear Mylee crying out "it's a girl!"
Palmira was panting as her vision settled on her little girl. She took the little one, now wrapped up, in her arms and cooed to her. "You just couldn't miss all the excitement, could you? You're daddy is going to have a heart-attack when he finds out that tonight is the night you decided to join us!" She rubbed her daughter's cheek.
"So mommy, what's her name?" Mylee asked sweetly, looking at the newborn.
"I was hoping Noten would be here..." Palmira said softly, looking around. 
"Too bad for him, it's your choice my'dear." Mylee said, helping Palmira sit up in a more comfortable position.
"I like Mary." She said softly. "Do you like that name little one? Mary?" The baby just gurgled and looked at her mom.
"Mary is a perfect name for her." Mylee said sweetly.
Palmira suddenly woke from her haze. "The note!" She said suddenly. "The traitor... I need to warn Noten."
"Calm down. All in good time, you're in no condition to be running around right now." Mylee said to her, but Palmira stood up anyways with Mary in her arms. She pulled Mary close to her.

"I suppose you're right." Palmira said defeated.
"Since you're up anyways, I did bring a cake... just in case a certain someone would join us..." Mylee laughed as she cooed over the baby.
"Noten would love that. It's tradition in his family to celebrate the birth with a cake. He'll be so happy to meet his little Mary." Palmira smiled at her infant. "Oh," she paused, "Edward!" She called to her son.
"Yes mom?" Edward was rubbing his eyes, he had fallen asleep outside the door.
"Come meet your baby sister, Mary."
Edward grinned. "Hi Mary!" He grinned at her as Palmira held them at eye level. "She looks a little funny..." Edward said while grimacing.
"Be nice, she's a newborn!" Palmira scolded.
Mylee laughed. "Now, now. Kids are brutally honest sometimes. It's hardly his fault." Mylee comforted Palmira. "Now let's go have a party."

Mary became a beautiful toddler who looked very much like her mother.


It was going on four in the morning when there was a soft knocking at the door.

Palmira came rushing out but stopped when she only saw Matteo. She sighed sadly. "Oh, I thought you were Noten."
Matteo looked down. "Did you get my note at all?" He asked with concern.

"I did..." Palmira looked down guiltily. "I just... kind of went into labor before I opened it."
Matteo looked to the ground, his face was unreadable.
"What is it?" Palmira asked him suddenly.
"I had discovered the traitor too late." He said sadly. "It was a man by the name of Ruben Arias." By this time Mylee had come behind Palmira to see who was at the door.
"Ruben? My husband Ruben? He would never do such a thing!"
Palmira turned suddenly. "YOU! Did you know of this?!"
Mylee seemed upset and shaken. "Ruben never said a word to me..."
Matteo shook his head. "She likely wasn't involved. He has fled the country without her. He's been receiving money from Alto's goons. I get the feeling he's why last night..." He paused and swallowed hard. "I... I got there too late."
"Too late for what? Matteo what happened?" Palmira said, her heart started to sink.
"I'm sorry Palmira..." He whispered to her.
Palmira swallowed. "Why? Why are you sorry?" Her voice reflected denial. "We know about Ruben now... everything will be fine, and when Noten get's home-"
"Noten's not coming home." Matteo's voice was solemn.
"Why... why not?" Tears started to fall from her eyes as she nearly fell over. Mylee grabbed her and steadied her.
"Dad? Are you home?" Edward poked his head out from behind the door. Palmira could barely steady herself, let alone look at her son. Her son that was waiting for his father to come home. Her son who would never see his father come home. How could she tell him that?
Mylee quickly pulled Edward inside.
"I'm sorry, Palmira." Matteo leaned over to steady her.

"He was shot in the chest by Ruben before Ruben flipped the plans against everyone else." Matteo paused. "Noten was one of several dead."
"Where... where is he now?" Palmira tried to speak through her endless tears.
"I brought his body with me. I wanted to give him a proper burial... somewhere close to you." Matteo spoke levelly.
Palmira started to sob louder. "I need to see him."
"I don't think that's a good idea-"
"I need to see him!" She screamed. Her words were coated with anger and hurt and desperation. Matteo nodded and led her back to his boat. Palmira covered her mouth as she saw the bloody blanket that was wrapped completely around what was left of her husband. She fell to her knees and inched over to the boat. She slowly lifted the blanket off of Noten's face and touched it. His cold skin reflected nothing of what it used to. Palmira cried out from the pain and terrible wrenching feeling in her heart. She grasped at Noten's face. "Why... why did you leave me?" She cried. "I hate you for leaving me." She buried her face against his and sobbed hard as waves crashed against her lower waist. "Noten..." She clutched at his wrapped body until her knuckles went white. Matteo eventually pulled her away.
"I need to bury him." He said quietly.
Palmira couldn't say anything. She just sat hopelessly in the water next to the boat. Matteo moved to pick up Noten's body. "Where is Ruben now?" Palmira's voice suddenly had a cold, hollowness to it.
"They shipped him off somewhere for safekeeping. I couldn't tell you where... but I can tell you that I will find out."
"Find out." She snapped quietly. "He will pay for this." Palmira breathed out hard before she lifted her hands out of the water to cup her face as another round of tears poured out.

Mylee cared for Edward and slowly broke the news to him. Palmira stayed out half-in the water long after Matteo had gone. When Palmira finally gathered the strength to stand, she gathered Mary into her arms and took Edward out by Noten's grave.
For the first time since Palmira was an infant, rain began to pour down.

It seemed as though even the heavens shed tears for the great man that was Noten Reaper.

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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: A Sleepless Night
« Reply #309 on: January 24, 2014, 04:37:33 AM »
I guessed everything in the world. Except that. Noten...you will be missed so much.  :'( This is so unfair! I just...UGH...I KNEW IT! It was a trap! The second I read 'traitor', my brain went 'It's Ruben or Mylee.', but did I guess it would end like that? No. Now, no one is free and Noten is gone, and he never got to see his daughter's face. Edward--it saddens me to realize that such a happy kid is going to have such a drastic personality change now that this has happened. I hope he finds and finishes of Ruben for what he did! I'm rooting for him! Him and Mary have to team up.

On another point, Your writing is superb. I was sitting her clenching my teeth while I was reading! So good, it's like I'm reading a book that I can't put down. As such, I demand more soon. (And now I'm terrified to update my own story because I have nothing on you. NOTHING.)
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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: A Sleepless Night
« Reply #310 on: January 24, 2014, 05:25:20 AM »
I don't like you anymore.  >:(
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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: A Sleepless Night
« Reply #311 on: January 24, 2014, 10:36:00 AM »
Ruben?!? Why?!?! He was so nice, and he knew Palmira for so long... THAT SPINELESS PIG!  >:( Now how will the town be saved by Noten's tanned muscular ways?  :'(

(In other news, Mary is gorgeous. If there were baby beauty pagents there she would win hands down!)

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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: A Sleepless Night
« Reply #312 on: January 24, 2014, 12:39:37 PM »

Ugh! I just knew if something didn't happen to Palmira, it would happen to Noten!  >:( It just didn't seem likely for this part of the story to end up all sparkly and happy after everything that had happened. Well, maybe Edward and Mary will bring us into some happier times . . . or maybe just go get some vengeance! The kids really are cute though; I'm curious to see what their features look like all grown up.

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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: A Sleepless Night
« Reply #313 on: January 24, 2014, 01:09:02 PM »
Ok, now I guess is a good time for my disclaimer.
I've been raving about gen 5 for a while now, as you know, and it's worked out so perfectly.
I figured it would be my luck that the one time I don't want them I would end up with multiples, but that wasn't the case.
Noten was an important character move I had to play through, at first I didn't like the idea but then I knew it was just necessary to shape the personalities of generation 5. Things are far from over, but honestly - and this may admit to poor planning - I actually never thought about a traitor. Then when I did, the only person who it would make sense was... well... you can fill in that blank.
That's really all I can say without spoiling things. Also, I know this may seem a little sour after this last chapter, but there is a distinct theme among Generation 5. Their names are it right now, and soon it will become more apparent. Feel free to guess, but I feel I've done a good enough job keeping the hints low-key. Eventually I will reveal to you (come time for the heir poll (which will be in about 3 or so chapters, depending on how long I can keep from screaming at IP after the ridiculous lag) the characters that I based my two choices for Generation 5's personality from. Hopefully it will surprise you and I hope that it will have great responses, but until then, maybe you have an idea or maybe you already know... feel free to throw out guesses but I will not tell you if it's right or wrong. I'm just curious to how close some are to figuring out my angle.

I guessed everything in the world. Except that. Noten...you will be missed so much.  :'( This is so unfair! I just...UGH...I KNEW IT! It was a trap! The second I read 'traitor', my brain went 'It's Ruben or Mylee.', but did I guess it would end like that? No. Now, no one is free and Noten is gone, and he never got to see his daughter's face. Edward--it saddens me to realize that such a happy kid is going to have such a drastic personality change now that this has happened. I hope he finds and finishes of Ruben for what he did! I'm rooting for him! Him and Mary have to team up.

On another point, Your writing is superb. I was sitting her clenching my teeth while I was reading! So good, it's like I'm reading a book that I can't put down. As such, I demand more soon. (And now I'm terrified to update my own story because I have nothing on you. NOTHING.)
Now you see why I was so eager to write it. My mind did the same thing with Ruben and Mylee, but it wouldn't make any sense for Mylee to be the traitor as she dealt with behind-the-scenes things, much like Palmira did while pregnant. Ruben, however, was front and center in everything. Unfortunately I'm taking my time with this next chapter as there's a lot that needs to be said that isn't easy to say. I have to balance a lot of different emotional issues AND introduce the setting that will change everything for Mary too. It's a little daunting, but it's just too fun to stop writing. What's the most interesting is I can already feel the separate personalities between Mary and Edward causing some interesting conflict. I'm just so happy that Edward looks like Noten, it really adds a depth to this story, because now, in a way, Palmira still has Noten with her.
Also, don't fear for your own story, I look forward to reading a chapter of yours! I'm still curious to see Cam and Max eventually come to head. :)

I don't like you anymore.  >:(
I'm sorry... I hope I can cheer you up with some great storylines of Edward and Mary? Maybe? Maybe an e-cookie? Believe me, Noten will always be watching.

Ruben?!? Why?!?! He was so nice, and he knew Palmira for so long... THAT SPINELESS PIG!  >:( Now how will the town be saved by Noten's tanned muscular ways?  :'(

(In other news, Mary is gorgeous. If there were baby beauty pagents there she would win hands down!)
No, unfortunately they'll have to be saved by Noten's tanned, muscular son and his gorgeous, brilliant daughter.
Mary looks perfect for the story... and that means nothing to anyone now but soon you'll understand exactly what I mean.

Ugh! I just knew if something didn't happen to Palmira, it would happen to Noten!  >:( It just didn't seem likely for this part of the story to end up all sparkly and happy after everything that had happened. Well, maybe Edward and Mary will bring us into some happier times . . . or maybe just go get some vengeance! The kids really are cute though; I'm curious to see what their features look like all grown up.
Well, it should work out in the end... and Mary and Edward's story is going to be quite... interesting. Not necessarily happier, but definitely interesting. The kids are perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better gene outcome than what did. Truly perfect. Not to mention, Mary has these gorgeous, big, brown eyes as a toddler, I really can't wait to see how she grows into those.


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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: A Sleepless Night
« Reply #314 on: January 24, 2014, 02:21:25 PM »
Hopefully Palmira will be OK with their lovely children. But, alas, Reapers have before rebelled against The Great Grimmy, and I have no doubt Palmira will do anything to get him back. Noten and Palmira seemed to me just as madly in love as Demi and Falor once were. Ah, those times...

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« Reply #315 on: January 24, 2014, 08:17:04 PM »
Two chapters so close together! What a treat! But . . . uh . . Noten! No no no no no! He can't be dead! I . . . I'm on the verge of tears here! That's impressive! It takes a lot for me to cry when reading something. I have to be really close to the characters for me to cry. But Noten! Not Noten! But Edward is so cute! He looks a lot like his father. And Mary. She's adorable, too. But Noten! Amazing story telling, but I am so upset now! But I have to say, despite the fact that I hate that Noten is gone, the whole traitor story line was genius.

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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: The Price of Freedom
« Reply #316 on: January 24, 2014, 08:31:51 PM »
Hopefully Palmira will be OK with their lovely children. But, alas, Reapers have before rebelled against The Great Grimmy, and I have no doubt Palmira will do anything to get him back. Noten and Palmira seemed to me just as madly in love as Demi and Falor once were. Ah, those times...
The Reapers are known to rebell against Grim, it's been that way since Agnes... however Agnes' blood has died out. There are no more witches or supernaturals among the Reapers to challenge the Grim as was done so many times prior. The lore I have created in my mind states that only a born Reaper with gifts of Agnes (witchitude) can dare to even challenge Grim. Palmira is, unfortunately, not born a Reaper... so she will not be able to raise Noten back.
Honestly, I need Noten to stay dead for story purposes, but because I felt there was a need to express why (in case of Agnes and in the case of Falor) certain Sims have been able to challenge the Great Reaper and succeed and why others couldn't.
That windy explanation, in short, was: unfortunately, Noten will not be coming back. It pains me because I loved him and Palmira together and I often ache to see them happy again (which is unusual for me to want a sim to come back that badly) but when the next generation theme is revealed - all questions should be answered.

Two chapters so close together! What a treat! But . . . uh . . Noten! No no no no no! He can't be dead! I . . . I'm on the verge of tears here! That's impressive! It takes a lot for me to cry when reading something. I have to be really close to the characters for me to cry. But Noten! Not Noten! But Edward is so cute! He looks a lot like his father. And Mary. She's adorable, too. But Noten! Amazing story telling, but I am so upset now! But I have to say, despite the fact that I hate that Noten is gone, the whole traitor story line was genius.
I'm flattered, really! :) I did have to admit that the traitor story line was a last-minute thing I threw in because I wanted to make Noten's death more personal and upsetting... which sounded better when I worded that in my head.
Anyways, Thank you very much for your kind words, I hope that I can continue to pull my readers into my stories. I really enjoy immersion with stories so I try my best to immerse my readers.

Honest to goodness, I'm so, so sorry for the long text in this. I just had so much to explain... and so little pictures to explain it with. Please, do your best to try to read through it. I feel awful... It's just so hard to make a conversation sound real.

The Price of Freedom
The Reapers all grieved in different ways.

Edward Reaper was not the child he used to be.
He was quiet and angry. Bitter and reserved.
He hid himself from everyone during the day - he sat out by the shore to cry alone. He never let his mother know of his anger and sadness for she struggled with her own enough as it was as she put her heart and soul into training his little sister.
Edward loved his mother but he wasn't the same child anymore.


Mylee kept to herself, but did her best to take care of everyone.
Mylee had moved in with them after Matteo had broken the news. She had sat at the table staring blankly at the note that read her husbands name in disbelief. When she wasn't addressing Edward, Palmira or Mary, she could be heard crying to herself in the cellar about being betrayed by the man she thought she knew. Mylee felt responsible for causing the destruction of Palmira's family, and the weight pained her every morning when she could hear Palmira crying over Noten's grave, yet she couldn't bear to take off her wedding ring.


Finally, Palmira.
On the outside, Palmira was collected and all about her children. Inside though, she was hollow. Palmira shared a bed with her son now that Mylee moved in to their cellar to help out, but she never really slept. She stared at the ceiling every night in anguish. Much like her son, she wouldn't let others see her grieve. Even though she thought she was doing her best to cover it up, it was painfully apparent to everyone around her. In order for Palmira to even carry on - to force herself out of bed every morning - she buried herself deep into her children. Seeing Mary's oblivious face every morning reminded her of why she continued living. Palmira cut ties with all of the rebellion shortly after Matteo left. She couldn't bear to fight for freedom when that fight cost her the only thing she valued more.


With the rebellion at their backs, Mylee sought out other employment in hopes to afford a new house for Palmira and her children, one that wouldn't remind them of Noten around every corner.
There were a few bites, as there was always a need for nurses, but unfortunately by searching Mylee drew attention to herself and ended up with a Royal Summons.

Mylee knew Queen Carolina well, they used to be friends before this silly crisis started, but that all seemed a distant memory now, so it still surprised Mylee to be greeted by her old friend.
"Mylee! I hadn't heard from you in ages... I worried the rebels must have gotten you!" Queen Carolina called to her from up the stairs. "I was so happy to see your job search. I hope all is well with you... your husband is quite the war-hero, isn't he?"
Mylee swallowed hard trying not to think about it. Her distress was too visible though, and the Queen noted it. "Is something wrong?" Carolina asked.
"He never told me what he was doing... he just disappeared without a trace." She said weakly.
The Queen's face became a look of shock. "My dear! You poor thing! Come inside please... that is considerably rude of Ruben to just take off like that, but I think he did it for your safety. Alfonso came by and said that Ruben single-handled taken down a rebel attack on City Hall. He had warned everyone in advance so no lives were lost except for those pitiful rebels. I hope the Watcher has mercy on their souls for trying to harm so many innocent people. I told Alfonso to offer him and anyone else who helped a safe passage to somewhere hidden so they could live their lives without fear of repercussion."
Mylee felt a twinge inside of her, she knew she had to try. "Do you happen to know... where my husband is? I just want to understand why he left me." She lied.
"I'm afraid not. Alfonso kept that to himself, just incase it got out."
"Oh." Mylee said softly, looking down. "Well, your majesty, may I ask why I was summoned here?"
The Queen's eyes opened wide, "oh my watcher! Of course! How silly of me to get so off track. Yes, you sent out a note saying you were for hire? Well we would like to hire you."
"What for? Are you sick ma'am?"
Carolina looked sad, "I wish it were me, Mylee, I do. My eldest daughter Liliana is terribly ill."
"I think you need a doctor then, ma'am, not a nurse like myself."
"No, that's not all." The Queen paused, pulling some paperwork out. "We already did get doctors in on it, unfortunately they said it was..." The Queen choked up hard on the last word. "Terminal."
"I'm truly sorry to hear that." Mylee put as much comfort in her words as she could. The death of her only child was the reason Mylee even joined the rebellion, so she could relate to the loss of a child.
"I want Liliana to have a nurse to keep her comfortable for her remaining days. You see... the doctor was spouting all kinds of silly stuff." Queen Carolina had dabbed tenderly under each eye before digging through medical paperwork that it was clear she knew nothing about. "I kept asking him to explain it in simpler terms but... heaven forbid a doctor do that, right?"
Mylee just nodded, trying to be sympathetic.
"Something about... consumption? Or something. Honestly, medical jargon."
"Tuberculosis?" Mylee asked suddenly.
"Yes! I believe that was a word he used! Terrible disease."
Mylee found it harder and harder to take her old friend seriously. She had always been too paranoid about vaccines and now her child was paying the price. Mylee tried her best to not let her disgust show, but she felt it was truly pitiful that such a young girl has to suffer now because of it.
"Anyways, can we talk terms?" The Queen asked.
Mylee nodded. "On one condition... you see I've been staying with a very kind family since my Ruben left... do you remember a man by the name of Noten Reaper?"
"Noten, absolutely I've heard great things of the Reaper line, though I never met this man personally. What about him?"
"He passed, recently. Starvation." Mylee lied, at least Noten's name hadn't been destroyed. Matteo must have pulled him out before the body count had started, and it appears that Ruben didn't say anything.
"Oh my goodness! How awful!" The Queen cried with extra flair on the ends.
"He is survived by his wife and two children. I've been helping to take care of them which is why I've been in search for a job."
"I see. We can make accommodations for all of you right down the road, and if Noten's widow is up for it, I could have a line of work for her here as a nanny for my youngest son. I need someone to mold my poor son, as his father and I have been so busy with Liliana. Say, did Noten's wife have any young girls?"
Mylee felt like there was something hidden in her question, "why do you ask?"
"Alfonso is worried the rebellion is being spread to the youth of the world, so he's asked to take in the girls born into all families here to ensure a proper education. I think it's a wonderful idea."
Mylee could see right through her words. Baby girls were being taken to be brainwashed into having brainwashed kids. The thought made Mylee sick. "No, Mira only has two beautiful boys." She lied suddenly. She and Palmira had decided on referring to Palmira as 'Mira' to avoid any suspicion with her old name and life. Now it looks like she won't be the only one hiding her true self.
"Such a shame!" The Queen said with faked disappointment. "Oh well, I'd like to meet you both tonight and drop you off at your new living arrangements, ok? Meet me at this address. Don't be late. 6 o'clock sharp!" The Queen turned with flair and asked the butler to show Mylee out.
This wasn't good.

"Can you say peaches?" Palmira said softly to her little Mary.

It was almost noon, and Mary had almost learned all of her skills. Palmira smiled to herself as she thought about how happy Noten would've been to help Mary learn these words and take her first steps. It saddened Palmira to know that Mary would never know the warmth of her father, the safety in his hugs and the great man he was.
"Ok Mary, now can you say 'daddy'?"
"Da-da!"
That word she never had trouble with.
The talking lesson was soon interrupted as Mylee came running through the door. "Palmira, we need to act fast." She cried.
"What happened?" Palmira stood quickly and handed a cup for Mary to chew on while they spoke.

"It's awful Palmira... they're starting to go after the children." Mylee started.
"What?! Calm down and start from the beginning." Palmira took her over to the couch where they sat and talked. Mylee spilled everything. Her job hunt that led to the summons that led to learning about Ruben that led to learning about the children hunt Alfonso had started. Palmira's face grew with horror.
"I told the Queen that you had two boys though, so as long as we can give Mary a guise... we might still have a chance." Mylee finished.
Palmira hated the idea of changing her child's identity, but if she wanted to keep her child, she would have to. With every cry that Mary made as Palmira shaved her head shattered every last piece of Palmira's heart. Edward came in shortly after with a confused look on his face.
"Was Mary getting too hot or something?" He asked bluntly.

Palmira came close by her son and grabbed him by the shoulders. "No sweetie, she wasn't, but we can't call her Mary anymore." Palmira tried her best to choose words that Edward would understand.
"Why can't we call her Mary? Are we changing her name?"
"Yes, in a way, we are... listen; Mary will always be Mary to the three of us." Palmira motioned to herself along with Mylee and her son. "But, she can't be Mary to anyone else. Instead, we will call her James."

Edward looked very confused. "James? That's a boy's name." He said quietly.
"To anyone outside of this household... of us three... James is your little brother, ok?"
"But why? I don't have a little brother!" Edward argued.
"No sweetie, I know... but if the bad people who hurt your father found out about your little sister being... a girl... they would take her away from us."
The moment Noten was brought up struck a cord with Edward. He tried with all of his might to stop the tears that started to flow out but it was all too much for him. "Why would they take her away mommy?" His voice was high pitched and shaky.
"Because they want to ensure that those girls grow up to be mothers who teach their children not to rebel like what your father and I used to. They will hurt her and make her unhappy and likely force her to become a mommy when she's not ready to be."
Terror filled Edward's eyes. He looked at Mary - now James - and hugged his sibling.

"I won't let anyone hurt you Mary - er... James." He tried to correct himself, but it didn't feel right. "Mom... what if I mess up?"
"Don't worry about that now dear, that'll only make you more stressed about it. It's going to be hard for everyone, but I think we can do it." Palmira said softly. "Now go pack up some of your things and wash your face in the bin outside. We're meeting the Queen tonight."
Edward wasn't excited about that though. The Queen was just another person who could've saved his father but didn't. Edward could care less if the queen saw him looking dirty, in fact, he hoped to disgust her.

The time came to meet the queen at the given address - it was once a community garden, now converted to a home with a garden for the royal family.

The queen sent them on a grand tour - and was it grand. The house was small, but with electricity and running water everyone was completely amazed. Palmira had completely forgotten what it was like to have electricity or that she could just go into a bathroom and take a shower. Edward never knew of these things, so his mind was completely amazed when he heard you could make a room lighter by flipping a switch on a wall.
Mylee had a small bed in the entrance of the home. She would likely be out late or up early so it was easier for her to be near the door to not disturb anyone.

Palmira was almost certain that the kitchen alone cost more than her last house with Noten did all together.

Downstairs was a setup for Palmira and her two "boys."

And there was a bathroom that was so luxurious and big, it could be another room itself.

Unfortunately, while setting up the workers had put Bear's stuff outside. Palmira couldn't help but feel like Noten would've hated that.

Unfortunately the queen hadn't planned for having a toddler around, but Palmira assured her it was ok as 'James' was aging up that night.
"Can I do anything to help celebrate?"

"Honestly, I think we'll just have a quiet celebration... the boys haven't quite gotten used to the move yet." Palmira said quickly. It was much easier to lie about Mary's gender when she just had to pluralize the one boy she already had.
"Ok, well let me know if there's anything I can do! We've left clothing for everyone to change into. The boys will be starting a prep-school that Mylee knows the location of... and are you still up for being my son's nanny?"
Palmira absolutely loathed the idea of being in the house with this ignorant family and raising their child they were supposedly "too busy" to raise themselves, but she bit her tongue and nodded.
"Great! Can you be at our place by 8?"
"Yes, I can."
"That's amazing! I'll be there tomorrow to help you get to know where to find things and also to let our son get familiar with you. I'll see you then! Oh, and please wear the outfit we've placed out for you... it will help him understand your position a little better."
The Queen waved them off, and the Reapers got settled in to their new home. Palmira didn't like being away from Noten's grave, but she made a promise to herself that she would visit it every day. When she got down to the cellar where she and her children would be staying she grimaced. The dress she was expected to wear made her want to gag, but she put it out of her mind for now. It was time to focus on Mary.

Mary originally grew older with longer hair. She was gorgeous and Palmira nearly cried this time as she took the scissors to her daughter's hair.

Amazingly, Mary was much more collected about the experience. "It's ok mom." She said gently. "I like it shorter anyways." Of course she really didn't, but she wasn't going to let her mom feel like she was hurting her personally. Mary was wise beyond her years. She knew all about her father and she had even overheard what Mylee had said earlier about girls being taken which had given her a strong resolve. When no-one was around she practiced making her voice a little deeper. As a kid she knew she could get by with a higher voice, but as she grew older she needed to be sure everyone bought the act.

Everyone had gone to sleep that night except for Palmira. She stayed up, still feeling restless. When 3 am rolled around she changed into her uniform and cried as she looked at herself in the mirror.

She could just hear exactly what Noten would say if he had seen her. "Hey gorgeous... well now, are we trying something new tonight?"
Then she would just scoff at him and tell him she had to work in this uniform. He would grin at her and pull her in close and tell her that she was still beautiful regardless of what she wore. Palmira could almost hear his voice in her head as she washed her face of tears and for the first time since his death she felt ok with thinking about him. She knew that he was always going to be watching over her and that comforted her. She took a boat out to the garden where he was buried and talked to him for most of the morning. She sat against his cold grave and told him about everything going on. She knew he'd be upset if he knew about Mary, but at the same time she knew he just had to understand that Palmira couldn't bear to let them take her.
You could've stayed out on the island. She would reason.
"But Edward wasn't doing well out here. The constant reminders of you... and how life used to be... it was unhealthy for him. And in a way, it was unhealthy for me. This house is full of memories with you... it's just not the same without you in it." Palmira sighed. "It's just not the same without you period. I wish you were here."

Several weeks passed of the same routine. Palmira would get up several hours early to visit Noten's grave and tell him about all of the things going on. She would put artwork up for him and flowers and just sit there to tell him her worries. Every day she would stay with him until 6 in the morning where she would finally get up and say "I wish you were here" before heading to her job at the Ichtaca's.
Mylee would wake up at 6 and get the "boys" ready for prep school. She would walk them there and then take herself over to the Ichtaca's to check on Liliana. She was happy to spend time with the kids and even happier to know that the trips to Noten's grave improved Palmira's spirit. Every day the kids would give her something to "take back to daddy" with her for her morning trips, and Palmira would dutifully bring them and tell their stories word-for-word to the grave. In a way, it made them all feel closer to him, even though he was gone.
It wasn't long before Edward aged into a strapping young teen.

Who looked every bit like Noten. Sometimes Palmira would look at her son and see her husband for just a moment before she would realize that it was only her son who was growing up on her. Edward had always been athletic and brave, when he was a child he dreamed of sailing like his father did, but now that he was a teen he was growing more and more rebellious. Palmira worried her son would get into trouble, but Edward assured her that wouldn't be the case.
"I won't get into trouble... if I do that simply means I've gotten caught." He would say bitterly every time his mother brought it up. "You've said it yourself mom, there are bad people in the world, and it's time for them to pay their dues."
And Edward would be sure they paid in full.


Reader's Question - With this story line, how would you like me to address Mary so that it doesn't get too confusing? I was thinking about switching her over to the name James completely but I didn't want for everyone to forget that she's Mary. However if I have people address her as James but use the dialogue response as Mary I worry that might get too confusing. Let me know what you think on that note. Anyways, did that give any hints at all to the naming theme? Any? I'm really curious now as this would be the biggest hint that I knew I would be giving. I was hoping it wouldn't give it away but I just want to know if I did.

Thank you to everyone who has read my story and stayed with me up to this point - silent readers and commenters alike. You have given me the confidence to write this story and I feel I've grown and improved so, so much from the start of this. It's not over yet, but I just want to reflect that while I'm on generation 5 here... I've still got a ways to go, so thank you to all of you who have stuck with me until now, and to those of you just joining I appreciate every view and every comment.

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« Reply #317 on: January 24, 2014, 08:47:43 PM »
Another update! This almost makes up for Noten being gone . . . almost  ::) I'm still gonna miss him. This chapter almost made me cry more than the last one. I think seeing the aftermath of his death is harder to read then reading that he is gone. Yeah, some of the stuff I say sounds way better in my head, but when I say them they don't sound quite the same  :) Oh, Mary. She is beautiful, I wish she could keep her hair. But there are sacrifices to be made in times like that. What are they going to do when she gets older? Edward is becoming very handsome. Now I can obsesses over someone else! But I'll still miss Noten. The beginning of this chapter was wonderful. I feel like it really captured what Edward is going through.

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« Reply #318 on: January 24, 2014, 10:26:17 PM »

What a beautiful chapter! No need to thank us; it's a delight to read your story. As for the naming theme, I can't place my finger on it, but I swear it's incredibly familiar. Give me some time, and I may just work it out. Maybe.  :P It feels like something I read too long ago to fully remember, if that makes sense. But I love the latest development about where your story is going. I expect it will be great!

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« Reply #319 on: January 24, 2014, 10:29:23 PM »
I think I may have figured out the naming theme! After some quick google searches and thinking, I may have it! I don't want to write in case I accidentally ruin a future plan(or if I'm wrong  :P) But I have a strong hunch I might just know what it is . . . then again, what I think it is I'm not all too familiar with, so I might be wrong.

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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: The Price of Freedom
« Reply #320 on: January 25, 2014, 04:51:20 AM »
I might have an idea of what you're going for with the names, but I could be absolutely wrong. I googled something to see and something came up...ah, we'll see.  ;)

Anywho! You've brought this generation up to an emotional level that just amazes me. It's still so weird and horribly sad for Noten to just be gone, and the fact that Edward looks EXACTLY like him does not help at all. And Mary (I think you should stick with referring to her as Mary, by the way)...strong little thing isn't she? I like her. I like her very much. But this whole set up is horribly twisted. Mylee and Palmira working for the Queen! And the way she talked about the rebels and...ugh...I was disgusted by it. You know you've written well and made an impression on me when I feel the same amount of disgust the characters feel.

This story, simply put, is breathtaking and heartwrenching and I desperately need more!
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« Reply #321 on: January 25, 2014, 11:38:59 AM »
Another update! This almost makes up for Noten being gone . . . almost  ::) I'm still gonna miss him. This chapter almost made me cry more than the last one. I think seeing the aftermath of his death is harder to read then reading that he is gone. Yeah, some of the stuff I say sounds way better in my head, but when I say them they don't sound quite the same  :) Oh, Mary. She is beautiful, I wish she could keep her hair. But there are sacrifices to be made in times like that. What are they going to do when she gets older? Edward is becoming very handsome. Now I can obsesses over someone else! But I'll still miss Noten. The beginning of this chapter was wonderful. I feel like it really captured what Edward is going through.
I've got Noten saved to the bin, I just have to clean him up and strip him down of my CC to put him on the swap shop if anyone is interested. I also should get Atrox in there. I think the reason I held off this last time (from putting both boys up) was because I wanted to do them two generations at a time so the threads don't get overly bogged down. So I'll likely put them up when Mary and Edward are grown so they can all share their same thread. I'm not sure... we'll see.
Haha, I always feel very awkward when responding to comments such as this, because I feel happy when I know I've touched someone emotionally, but I don't want to say "I'm glad I made you nearly cry!" If that makes sense, haha, if you can tell, I'm pretty sure I have the socially awkward trait along with the Solitude hermit trait (loner just doesn't cover it)... no idea how my boyfriend puts up with me.
As for Mary, I already have quite the plan for when she gets older, it will really get interesting, that's for sure. Believe it or not Edward is so much like his father but yet so different at the same time... it's almost heartbreaking. The part where I said Palmira sometimes saw him as her husband before she remember that he was her growing boy? I actually felt I HAD to put that in because in my head I kept calling Edward 'Noten' and then I would have to correct myself.

What a beautiful chapter! No need to thank us; it's a delight to read your story. As for the naming theme, I can't place my finger on it, but I swear it's incredibly familiar. Give me some time, and I may just work it out. Maybe.  :P It feels like something I read too long ago to fully remember, if that makes sense. But I love the latest development about where your story is going. I expect it will be great!
Haha, ohh I'm going to have so much fun with the great reveal. There isn't going to be a chapter on it, just pictures with the true names of generation 5. It probably does sound a little familiar, but under these circumstances I'm not sure if anyone could guess it (as I didn't just copy them from history, but I actually based their personalities off of fictional characters). There's only one more chapter between now and the heir poll and I seriously just can't wait to get that chapter up but I don't have time to write it today (my family are driving up to see me at the moment, the apartment's a wreck and needs a good vacuum among other things, and I have an interview today... crazy stuff) so I'm going crazy! If you do put your finger on it, feel free to PM it to me, because I'm just dying to know what everyone keeps saying they think it is.

I think I may have figured out the naming theme! After some quick google searches and thinking, I may have it! I don't want to write in case I accidentally ruin a future plan(or if I'm wrong  :P) But I have a strong hunch I might just know what it is . . . then again, what I think it is I'm not all too familiar with, so I might be wrong.
PM me, I'm very curious, because when I google searched a few things I barely found anything. However when I searched for a very specific phrase I was shocked to find something - but that might have been from my own recent searches that google found it. I'm intrigued as to what you found!

 
I might have an idea of what you're going for with the names, but I could be absolutely wrong. I googled something to see and something came up...ah, we'll see.  ;)

Anywho! You've brought this generation up to an emotional level that just amazes me. It's still so weird and horribly sad for Noten to just be gone, and the fact that Edward looks EXACTLY like him does not help at all. And Mary (I think you should stick with referring to her as Mary, by the way)...strong little thing isn't she? I like her. I like her very much. But this whole set up is horribly twisted. Mylee and Palmira working for the Queen! And the way she talked about the rebels and...ugh...I was disgusted by it. You know you've written well and made an impression on me when I feel the same amount of disgust the characters feel.

This story, simply put, is breathtaking and heartwrenching and I desperately need more!
PM me, I'm seriously curious, as I said before - I googled certain things as well and didn't find my theme for them but I don't know exactly what every has googled to check.
Unfortunately, in this last chapter I wasn't able to include the tiny rebellion Edward was trying to start. I just ran out of space and pictures to include that he would often spite the queen and his teachers as a child. Edward is very, very emotionally driven, which is what I'm trying to draw out. Mary is level headed and thinks before she acts, but also is very limited in her emotional arsenal. When I do put up the heir poll I will remind everyone of that though, because their personalities will result in different outcomes of the rebellions and wars. I had a feeling you would like Mary, I had a character I based Mary's personality off of solely, so I hope I did a decent job fleshing out Edward's personality as I drew from many inspirations for him rather than just one as I did for Mary. All characters I did base them off of are fictional though, if that gives any clues as to what this theme is... though it may throw some off the trail too *shrugs* I dunno.


Anywho, I'm going to grab screenshots for the next chapter but I likely won't have time to write it, busy day and all, but I'll try to write it tonight after things have calmed down but I can't make any promises. I'm just as excited as everyone else, so don't think I'm avoiding the inevitable heir poll... because it's coming, in fact... it'll likely follow directly after this next chapter. :) Keep your eyes out the next day or so. :D

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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: The Price of Freedom
« Reply #322 on: January 25, 2014, 03:01:36 PM »
PM me, I'm seriously curious, as I said before - I googled certain things as well and didn't find my theme for them but I don't know exactly what every has googled to check.
Unfortunately, in this last chapter I wasn't able to include the tiny rebellion Edward was trying to start. I just ran out of space and pictures to include that he would often spite the queen and his teachers as a child. Edward is very, very emotionally driven, which is what I'm trying to draw out. Mary is level headed and thinks before she acts, but also is very limited in her emotional arsenal. When I do put up the heir poll I will remind everyone of that though, because their personalities will result in different outcomes of the rebellions and wars. I had a feeling you would like Mary, I had a character I based Mary's personality off of solely, so I hope I did a decent job fleshing out Edward's personality as I drew from many inspirations for him rather than just one as I did for Mary. All characters I did base them off of are fictional though, if that gives any clues as to what this theme is... though it may throw some off the trail too *shrugs* I dunno.


Anywho, I'm going to grab screenshots for the next chapter but I likely won't have time to write it, busy day and all, but I'll try to write it tonight after things have calmed down but I can't make any promises. I'm just as excited as everyone else, so don't think I'm avoiding the inevitable heir poll... because it's coming, in fact... it'll likely follow directly after this next chapter. :) Keep your eyes out the next day or so. :D

Fictional? Well then I'm already wrong. I'm a history major and there's a martyr who was killed for his beliefs named Edward James that my teacher spoke of briefly so when Mary's name was being changed to James my mind went  :o But, he's a real person, so I'm in correct.

I should really do the same in my file, but I recently started up a separate Riverview file and gave Constant Shelley a makeover and now I'm a little upset with the genetic possibilities of this town.
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Re: Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment: The Price of Freedom
« Reply #323 on: January 25, 2014, 06:50:15 PM »
Oh no... the poll's coming up this quickly? Well I guess Mary (I agree that we should remind her of her old identity as well as her family) needs to move to a new town as soon as she hits her teen years of raging hormones and angst. I hope she doesn't fall into harms way, I simply adore her!  :D Oh Edward, Edward, Edward,your going to be more mischeivious than I thought when you were a little unborn nooboo! What are you planning? Don't get caught, I can't bear to lose another tanned, muscular, Reaper to... er... the Grim Reaper (no relation I assume).  ;)
 
I'm curious about how Palmira's client, the royal boy wonder, will turn out being raised by a good unbrainwashed woman like her. Can some outside influence weasel its way into that royal family? Will Mary be found out? Will Edward get caught? Find out next time when LivvieLove posts on The Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment!    ;D     Sorry, this reply is much to long!

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« Reply #324 on: January 26, 2014, 01:57:58 AM »
Fictional? Well then I'm already wrong. I'm a history major and there's a martyr who was killed for his beliefs named Edward James that my teacher spoke of briefly so when Mary's name was being changed to James my mind went  :o But, he's a real person, so I'm in correct.

I should really do the same in my file, but I recently started up a separate Riverview file and gave Constant Shelley a makeover and now I'm a little upset with the genetic possibilities of this town.
Ok, I should have worded that differently... it's very hard to explain. I did use history characters, but their personalities are closer to fictional ones? You'll understand in two posts from now. Just... I can't explain it without giving it away and you'll see in a the post after this one.
Though, even on your guess it wasn't where my theme was. Sadie actually got half of it right, but not the other half, Mary was fairly easy to guess when you find a certain webpage that ultimately gives away the character I based her personality on solely (which, hint: is from another game - not that it will matter in two posts... haha).
Oh dear... a history major... please don't shoot me for inaccuracies (I kid, with the Sims it's almost impossible to be accurate, but I must say I feel really darn proud for getting as close as I did).

Oh no... the poll's coming up this quickly? Well I guess Mary (I agree that we should remind her of her old identity as well as her family) needs to move to a new town as soon as she hits her teen years of raging hormones and angst. I hope she doesn't fall into harms way, I simply adore her!  :D Oh Edward, Edward, Edward,your going to be more mischeivious than I thought when you were a little unborn nooboo! What are you planning? Don't get caught, I can't bear to lose another tanned, muscular, Reaper to... er... the Grim Reaper (no relation I assume).  ;)
 
I'm curious about how Palmira's client, the royal boy wonder, will turn out being raised by a good unbrainwashed woman like her. Can some outside influence weasel its way into that royal family? Will Mary be found out? Will Edward get caught? Find out next time when LivvieLove posts on The Reaper's Genetic Legacy Experiment!    ;D     Sorry, this reply is much to long!
No worries about your reply! I always love reading my reader's comments! The poll is coming quickly because if I don't then I'm going to end up committing suicide from the lag. I just. Can't. Do it anymore. I just... can't. Like, I feel my health will start taking a toll if I keep trying to boot up this bloated save. Anyways, enough of my pathetic ravings... Mary needs to move to a new town not because of raging hormones... as she is the more level-headed of the potential heirs, but she has to move because, and forgive the all caps from my rage: THERE IS NOT A SINGLE TEEN/YA CLOTHING FOR WOMEN THAT DOESN'T HUG THEIR BODIES/MAKE THEM REVEALING IN EVERY WAY.
Simply put, I scraped by when Mary was a teen (to make her look like a boy) but there is absolutely NO clothing (I swear I checked every article I had from the Sims) that doesn't accent her... bust... as a YA. There are no loose-fitting pants that don't have ridiculous "dress-pants" feel and there are absolutely no decent clothing that can make Mary even passable as a man, so I'll have to figure something out about that.
As for Edward... yeah... he's pretty crazy. I guess I'll just let you find out how. Anyways, I need to hire you to kick-off my posts sometime, because that was quite a cliff-hanger!


Alright, fancy little note to my readers: There are very few pictures for this chapter... I really just... I can't do IP anymore. I'm on the verge of tearing-my-hair-out-screaming-while-punching-my-computer from the lag. I just can't do it anymore. That is why the heir poll will follow shortly after this post. Anyways, I'm sorry for my rants within comments, it's just been one tiring day with fussing over these sims, and I'm so... so excited to move out of the lag-fest that is Isla Paradiso.

Mary's Confession
It wasn't long before Mary aged up to join her older brother. She had mastered a believable voice and often spent her time wearing only her school uniform as she worried her body-shape would be too easily seen in regular clothing.

Mary and Edward had grown into two different people; Mary was calculated and level-headed. She always reacted in ways that would be the most sensible for the most people. Edward, on the other hand, was emotional and ambitious. He was driven to do that which suited him and his own, rather than everyone else.
It wasn't an uncommon sight to see Edward brawling with another boy at the prep school, but rarely did one ever see Mary join in.
"Hey there Reaper..." A student would crow. "It's such a shame your father had to bite the dust just so your dear ol' ma could sell herself into servitude..."
It didn't take much to egg him on, and while he would always say the other's provoked him it was he who threw the first punch.
This time, however, it wasn't Edward who decided to knock around heads, but Mary. The boy who had provoked him hadn't even seen the agile girl come behind him and give him a right pounding into the back of his head.
Mary walked around the front of the now doubled-over classmate and wiped the sweat off her mouth. She bent down and looked at him levelly before saying: "It's such a shame that you have such troubles learning that you need a physical hit to keep information in your thick skull." Her voice was low and deep.
The kid scowled. "James..." He growled.
Mary just smiled a cocky, knowing smile. "That's my name, don't wear it out." She stood up fully and stepped on his hand as she walked away, yanking on Edward's arm to get him to back down. "Leave it, Edward." She said to him calmly.
"He keeps-"
"Provoking you. I know. Same story, different day. You've got to let it go Edward." The two started walking to the exit of the school.
"Wait... are we?"
"Ditching?" Mary gave a mischievous smile and just kept on walking.
"Anything's better than this place." Edward said as he kicked a stone from under his feet.
"Did ya' hear what mom was talking about this morning?" Mary asked casually as they walked - presumably to the market, as they always did when they skipped school.
"The heirship? Yeah." Edward said calmly. He looked over his shoulder to check for someone listening before turning back to his sister. "It's our ticket out of here James."
"We still have things to do here, Edward." She said flatly. "We can't just leave mom in a place like this, we need to take action."
"We can just take her with us." Edward hissed under his breath.
"It's never that simple, Ed."
"It should be."

The two ended up at the marketplace which was mostly empty due to some stalls being just now opening for the day. They walked together and browsed the stalls. Edward had kept his eyes open as there was a stall he had been waiting to see open for months but the owner was rarely ever in. To his surprise, the stall was opened up with a merchant at the door. He waved off Mary and told her that he'd be right back as he went to check it out.
Mary leaned against the sides of a different stall and looked around the market with boredom. There was only so many times you could visit a place before it became familiar, and for Mary, boring. She straight the cuffs on one her sleeves when she noticed a bright young girl staring at her. She immediately became self-conscious and readjusted herself to face another direction.

It always made Mary uncomfortable when women stared at her, it made her feel as though they saw right through her. Unfortunately for her, this one was persistent.
"Hey there handsome." The girl said brightly while moving to lean against her shoulder. "What's your name?" The girl - who looked about 15 - winked at her.
Mary froze, discomfort was rising in her gut. "J-James." She sputtered, doing her best to keep her voice low.
"Aww, do you get nervous around pretty girls?"
Mary was backed into a corner, she swallowed hard when she felt a rough arm that gruffly dragged her by the neck a good ways back. "James! We need to get home or mom will nag at us... say goodbye to your ladyfriend." Edward said roughly as he jerked Mary backwards. As he pulled her further away he leaned against her ear and whispered. "Keep moving, they can sense fear you know." He tired his best not to laugh as he pulled his sibling out from the market.
"Thanks." Mary said gruffly as she stretched her neck where Edward had grabbed her.
"She looked like she was trying to eat you."
"I was pretty sure she might've if you hadn't come along."
Edward laughed and the two walked towards the beach.

The two talked quietly of heirship and duties, doing their best to not disagree on everything.
"I just want to avenge dad, that's all." Edward said as he stared out at the ocean.
"Vengeance will get you nothing but a sour taste in your mouth at the end of the day." Mary reasoned. "There so much more that needs to be done, that we need to do Edward, I just wish you would understand that."
"You couldn't possibly understand." Edward's voice was bitter. "You never knew him, you didn't have to take the news that he had died because someone else tried to shoot him in the back. Treachery is a sickening thing."
Mary didn't have anything to say to that. She never did.

Hours past as they watched waves hit the sand. They felt their futures were up in the air with nothing solid to stand on. Edward finally broke the silence. "We should get home, mom will ring our necks if it becomes too apparents that we've skipped, erm, again."
"Go on ahead, I've got something else I need to do." Mary said quietly.
Edward just looked down. "Well, don't be late, you know, big celebration tonight. The decision for heir - all that grand stuff."
Mary just nodded and watched her brother run off. She had other things she needed to do.

 


Mary felt awkward as she stood in front of the grave. "So... hi." She mumbled.
"You don't know me, or well, you didn't know of me. I'm Jame-" She paused, "Mary. I'm your daughter." She looked down and swallowed. "I wish I could've met you because I heard you were a great dad. Mom always said you were a good listener, so I guess that's why I'm here, because... I could use someone like that right now." Mary sat down in the dirt against the grave. "I don't think I'm cut out for this, for any of this. I'm not entirely sure how you did it for as long as you did. Heirship... this rebellion... it cost you your life." Mary looked up towards the sky. "How in the world can one of us do what you couldn't? I want to finish what you started... what you and mom both started, but how can I if I don't even know how to start?"
Mary rested her chin on her palm. "I guess it would be an adventure to try out someplace new. I can't be the only person asides from Edward to be fighting this fight. So I guess that's what I'll have to do." Mary looked at the grave once more as she stood slowly. She smiled gently. "I hope to make you proud of me," she whispered. She finally gave the grave one long last stare before she headed off for home.
She and Edward had to face their fate.

 

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