Thursday, 27 December 2012

Baby 70 Part 1- Thank You.

I swear, if I have to see my sister sucking faces with another guy, I will come over there and personally sew them together. My names Parker Everard, I am the youngest of three triplets, and Im officially known as the geeky one. My sister Annie is the rebel, and Beckett (the most perfect guy in the universe, to everyone except me) is the boy-wonder.
Right at this moment Im sat on one end of the couch, while my sister and um…-well we dont know his name- are on the other end. Beckett is sat on a chair to the left of us. Were supposed to be watching Love Actually, but Becketts texting, and Annie is distracted. Of course, because of this, I cant concentrate on one of my favourite films. I give it another five minutes before I storm out and go find Haven, or someone wholl speak to me.
I wander aimlessly around the house for a while, and eventually make my way to the girls room. Carmen and Evita are sat on a bed, talking. Oh. Sorry. I say. Ill leave. I turn to go, but Carmen jumps up. Please stay. Id very much like to talk to you.
Up until this point, Carmen and her sister (I guess theyre both my sister legally) have kept mostly to themselves. Im, surprised to notice, now that Im talking to her properly that she has a slight Italian accent. Of course, with a name like Carmen it must have been obvious. I wish to do something very special for Skye. It is nearing Christmas, and I want her to enjoy it. Your mother did not have to take me in, and I never expected she would adopt me as she did. What ways are there of showing my gratitude?” 
I think for a while, and Carmen plays with Evita before I click my fingers. Ah! I say, clicking my fingers. She is a challenge mother, so we should give her a day off. She can go and see a show in town. I know Phantom is on at the theatre, its her favourite. Carmen seems to be very excited about this, and grabs me in a bone crushing hug. Thank you muchly, oh Kind sibling! she says and she rushes off to arrange everything. Im left once more to my own devices. Whats the worst that could happen?
Apparently, the worst that could happen is that I could find a now child-aged Haven and be asked if I will play a game of water balloons with her. Across the quickly erected fort, we throw water filled balloons, and more often than not I am the one hit in the face.
The entire time I am out there, I can feel like somebody is watching me, but when I look around nobody is there. Its so strange and eventually, I tire of being creeped out and return to my bedroom. There, I am left alone to read my book in peace. I am happy to say that I did and Frodo destroys the ring in the end.

I am sat on my bed watching my favourite musical on DVD when it happens. Carmen and Parker knock on the door, with Haven, Evita and Annie not far behind. Carmen walks in first, followed by Parker and the rest of her siblings. “Mother.” Says Carmen. “We have a gift for you.” And she holds out a pair of tickets. “What are these?” I ask. Annie takes over the speaking role. “Tickets to see Phantom over in Bridgeport. We knew you’d always wanted to, and with Christmas coming up, we figured it would be a good enough reason. Your flight is in about 8 hours, and Paisley and Electra are coming with you.” The motherly part of me is worried about who will look after my kids, but it’s a three day trip, and Carmen is almost 18, easily old enough to take care of her siblings, and there are always the babysitters if they need help. Just how much trouble can they get into? “Thank you. Especially you Carmen, for this wonderful opportunity.” 

Carmen blushes a deep shade of red and Annie and Parker high five. Haven, who has so far been silent, shouts “Woo!” and runs off.
With the plans which have been made for me in mind, I pack up my bags and remove the dye from my hair, bringing it back to a natural blue and we go grab Paisley, who is sat outside her house on her suitcase. “PAISLEY! Isn’t it simply wonderful! “I shout. She raises a brow, but nods all the same and hugs me closely. Beckett drives us to the airport, and soon enough we are on a plane to Bridgeport and curled up beside one another in first class seats.

“Flight 106 to Bridgeport will be landing shortly. Please fasten your seatbelts and prepare for landing.” Says the voice of the flight attendant, waking me from my light sleep. I shake Paisley. “Wha-?” She asks, groggy from the six hour flight and I think a two hour time change. “It’s time to land.” I say, and Paisley reluctantly sits up and tries to look awake. I know how late she was up last night caring for all manner of younglings, so I feel terrible for disturbing her slumber.
We leave the plane and in the airport waiting area we find Electra waiting for us. She rushes up to us and prods me in the face, while Paisley cowers in fear of her life. “Hi. My fellow Brit.” She says. Paisley giggles. “My Avengers are all but Assembled!” I shout, realising how we’re all there. Except for Calista. And Laura. And Natalie. Okay. So the Avengers aren't really assembled, but my Bruce (Paisley) and my Hawkeye was there. I of course, was there and my Avenger was Stark-come-Loki, so you can imagine the problems Electra and I had, with her being the egotistical one. But my being the rich one meant we competed for Stark. But then of course, I was also known for being evil and trying to take over the world, so we had a fair few problems to deal with. 
After our unusual greeting, we hug and make our way back to our apartment for the next two days. The view from the top is wonderful, but after a quick look around, we encounter a problem. There are only two beds in the entire place. “I’ll share with Paisley.” I volunteer, and Electra accepts it, as is her way. Paisley sighs, and I giggle.
That night over dinner, Electra points her fork at me and says, “There’s something different about you.” She pauses for a second to swallow her mouthful. “You seem happier. Paisley does too. I’ve not seen either of you this happy since you were both dating. But you both broke up about…the same… time.” Electra slows. “You and Paisley?” She asks, excited. We nod, and Paisley takes my hand under the table. “EEEEE! I’m so happy. Natalie owes me a tenner!” I put up a hand for her to stop.
“You and Natalie were betting on my and Paisley’s relationship?” I ask. Electra nods. “Yep. Nobody can flirt as much as you and Paisley and not end up dating.” Paisley chokes on a mouthful of her dinner.
“I did NOT flirt with Skye.” This time it’s my turn to do the glare.
“You so did.”
“Shut up! I need all the news. How far have you gone? Can I trust you to share a bed and not have kinky lesbian sex? Who else knows?” She fires questions at us. “Whoa. Slow down Lecci. We kiss, that’s all. It’s a waiting till marriage thing. Of course you can trust us. Paisley’s such a good little… uh…. Christian? Mormon? Atheist? And almost nobody knows. Only her family and my kids.”
After we finish the dinner, and after much interrogation from Lecci, I manage to escape on log on to Skype. It was part of the agreement of our going away, the kids update me every night. Paisley does the same, and Electra will more than likely be chatting to her fiancĂ©, Alex. I say chatting. I kind of think I mean the other thing. 
The call processes for a minute, before loading and I get a shot of Haven waving at me. “Hi mommy!” She says. “Guys! Mom’s on the computer!” She shouts, and her siblings come running. They all give me their greetings, before wandering off, and leaving Carmen to talk to me.
Carmen- Hey Skye. Mom. Whatever… I’ve got loads of news. Strictly speaking, you left us two days ago.
Skye- That’s great Car. How is everyone?
Carmen- Just fine. Haven dressed herself. Initially, she wanted to be a pirate. Then she was an American Indian, and now she’s a pirate again. She says that’s what she wants to be when she grows up. And we’re doing our chores. I fed the fish. Parker brushed Slender. Merda. Gotta go Skye. Mom. Uh, yeah. Stuff is… happening.

Part one is done! I can’t be bothered writing any more right now, and it’ll probably be in three parts. There’s a lot to happen. Laters readers!

Friday, 14 December 2012

A Present For A Parker and Baby 69

First of all, ;)

the important people know what I mean. 

Second- Happy start of Advent Everyone, and um... happy Decembeard. And stuff. 

The first thing I did when I woke up that morning was talk to Carmen. She had loosened up considerably over the night and was much more willing to speak to me. I learnt that she had been living on the streets since she was thirteen, which was about when her little sister was born and both her parents had been murdered. Because the police never found the bodies of her family, they never looked for her, and she had been left to end for herself. 
"Would you like to stay with me full time, and for me to adopt you?" I ask. Carmen nods strongly, and hugs me, before quickly pulling away, looking like she had thought that wasn't allowed. Trying to calm her fears, I hugged her myself, and then went on my day-to-day business.  Most importantly of that was packing up so that I could move to Sunlit tides when Paisley went back. After that came laundry, food, kids, and skills for Evita and Haven. 
I was pretty occupied for most of the morning, until Baldur came running into the garage, looking like he might cry if anything too drastic happened. "Mom!" he shouts, and I raise my eyebrows at him. "IheardweweremovingandIdn'twannagobecauseIjuststartedgoingoutwithAmeliaandI'llhavetoleaveherandgotoHawaiiandIdon'twannago." The words come out in such a jumble that I have no idea what he's actually saying, so I get him to slow down and say it again. "I don't want to move to Hawaii and leave Amelia all alone."
So, before we leave, I agree to allow him to age up and move out. Here he is:
Then, to help with the moving, I age up the triplets. 

Annie grows up to be very rebellious. Everything she used to do willingly for me she now protests until I threaten her with punishment, except caring for her younger sister Haven. She loves that child like no other. 
Parker is just as quiet and bookish as she was before. She has to wear glasses now, but in my opinion it really fits her new look. Her favourite thing to do is play with the new dog. She nicknamed him Slender because he's always following her around. 
And Beckett. Hes the most unusual of all. On the outside he's the typical jock. He is very athletic and sporty, and he's trying out for the all teams at Sunlit Tides high school, but he's also very smart. His school work is excellent and he always gets A's and does his homework. And he is dating one of the more unpopular girls, a testament to his kind heart and ability to see beauty everywhere. But my favourite part about Beckett is that he is so very loving towards me still. 
When all that is finished, and packing is done, we jump on a plane, Paisley beside me in the front seat and jet off down the country to Hawaii. As soon as we get there the heat is sweltering, and while I would never tell Paisley this, I hate the heat. I am instantly glad of my tank top and cropped trousers, which at least allow some heat out of my body. Carmen and Evita seem to enjoy it though, and straight away she is happy and cheerful. I may never know her past, but at least I can help her enjoy her future in a very sunny place. 
After we arrive at our house I leave the kids to explore and get used to the new rooms, and Paisley and I make a little trip to the AI clinic, where I am inseminated by this guy:
After our trip, Paisley returns home over the street to her house, and I return to mine. When I'm there, the children are nowhere to be seen. I look around for a while, however and find them in their special room, which I nicknamed 'The Crib'. When they see me come in, Beckett and Annie grin and continue to dance.
Safe in the knowledge that I know where my teens are, I decide to go and find Haven. It is the perfect time to teach her to walk and talk. With that in mind I walk into the nursery grab her and walk outside to the area by the pool. Here, I sit her down and teach her to walk, and talk. Thankfully she has already been potty trained.
I wonder if Evita has been taught these things, because she did not seem to be very vocal when I last saw her, and this leads me to wondering where she is. I text Parker to tell her that I'm going out, and set off looking for my adoptive child. I find her not long later at the beach closest to our property, she is sat down, while the younger is a short way off playing in the sand. I sit down next to Carmen, and we remain in companionable silence for a little while. "She love the beach." says Carmen. "My mother. It was always her favourite place. I had a picture of her sat in the sand in one of those big hats on my mirror. Then I had to leave, and I never got to get it back." she continues. A silent tear trickles down her face, and I slip an arm around her.
As if to interrupt our gathering, Evita toddles over (she can walk, clearly) and pulls on her sister's hair. "Sissy. I wanna go back." she says. Carmen glances at me, and I nod. "C'mon then short stuff." she says, jokingly to her younger sibling. We set off on the short walk home and arrive not long afterwards at our new homestead.
Almost immediately, I am met by Beckett, to ask if we can put up the Christmas tree before dinner. I agree, and the next hour is spent singing along to various Christmas songs while younglings dart about left, right and centre. And if I may say so, the house ends up looking pretty good.
I'm interrupted just before dinner with a sudden urge to vomit, and rush to the bathroom just in time to avoid getting puke on the new carpets. I can just imagine my face had I done this. Then, as if on queue, the baby bump appears.
I prepare dinner without anybody noticing, and then we sit down to a simple fare of pasta and meatballs. It is a nice meal, punctuated with occasional conversation, focused primarily on our new home. And following dinner, after a long day we all prepare to bed down for the night.
The next two days pass as standard. Paisley and her kids visit a couple of times, I sleep a lot, and watch some TV. Then, around 10AM on the third day, I go into labour and give birth to Baby 69- Victoria Viven Everard.

Sorry this is so short. I sort of... petered out at the end. But new children, yay!

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Baby 67+68- Surprise, have a street-child.

Two days ago Paisley had shown up at my door out of the blue. I didn't mind, because let’s be honest, she's my best friend and I haven't seen her in a long time. But not only that, she is more than that. She's my rock, my girlfriend and the one person I can count on not to do something too crazy when I call on them in the middle of the night.
Except, now Paisley was the one doing the calling upon. "Skye!" she shouts, and leaps into my arms. From the smell of her, she's been drinking. This is unlike her and my main cause of concern. Not that I'm not concerned that she appeared in town from several hundred miles away. "Paisley." I say, with only half enthusiasm. "What are you doing here? At..." I glance at the clock behind me. "Three AM?"
Paisley ignores the question and strides towards my bedroom. Thankfully she knows where she is going and doesn't walk into anything. "Skye, ravage my body! Take me here and now and do with me as you will" she says, theatrically before leaning against the wall and sliding down it slowly. Her eyes close, and I walk over to her slowly. When she doesn't move, I prod her in the face. Nothing.  So much for her plans.
I pick Paisley up and put her on my shoulder. Trying to think of a place to put her, I eventually decide on the couch in my bedroom.
I glance at the clock on the opposite wall. 3:15. It was almost time for Haven's feed. Leaving Paisley on the sofa, I creep up the stairs in my slippers and into the nursery. In the two months since I'd given birth to her, Haven hadn't changed much. She was still as small and adorable as the day she arrived. But her siblings had aged up into children. And of course, in a feat worthy of Peter Pan I had insisted they leave the nursery. Because there's only cribs in there, and no room for beds. Because of that I decided it was safe to wake up Haven, and then feed her. I did this quietly; and then left back downstairs.
The next thing I knew I was being woken up to "GIVE IT HERE!" being shouted above me. "NO! It's MINE." comes the equally loud reply. I sigh. It seems Parker and Annie have woken up. Those two had done nothing but fight since they grew up. Not that that stopped them as toddlers. Many a time I'd had to chastise Parker for biting her younger
sister and Annie for stealing toys from the other. It was a lot to prevent, especially since I'm all alone most of the time. 
I get out of bed and begin walking upstairs, but Baldur and Fenrir come to the rescue before I get there. "Will you two cut it out? I swear, if you two fighting annoys Mum one more time so that we can't age up, I will personally murder you." I hear Baldur shout across the hallway.
"Bal, don't murder your siblings. I need the slave labour." I say, and I can almost hear him roll his eyes. Yes. I use my children for slave labour.
Fenrir pokes his head out of the door and looks at me. "Mom, can we-" I interrupt him with a "Yes." before he finishes the sentence. He puts his head back into the room, cheering and I hear Baldur cheer too. It seems I just made two of my kids very, very happy. 
I walk back downstairs and when I get into my room, Paisley is just waking up. "Hey you." I say, and she jumps. When she realizes it's just me, she calms down a bit before frowning. "Last night did we, I mean did you? I mean I told you to..." I cut her off with a kiss.
"Spoilers." I say, winking. "Now I'm off to get dressed and take a shower. You know where everything is if you want to get changed."
I skip off into the bathroom humming. The next half hour of my life is spent cleaning my body and singing various bits of, "If you wanna be my lover."
When I leave the bathroom, Paisley is curled up on my couch, staring out the window. "Your hair's green now." she says, not looking at me. "Yes. It is." I reply. Finally, she turns to look at me.
"I like it, but it's not you." I nod sadly. My new hair was going to go soon, I couldn't be bothered with the maintenance of green hair, and my roots were going to start showing eventually. Instead of telling her this I just say, "Waffles?" She nods enthusiastically, and I spend the next little while cooking, while her hand dips into the mixture occasionally, to steal some of the raw batter. There's enough left to pour into a waffle maker though, so we eat waffles for breakfast before the upcoming birthday party.
Fenrir ages up into a handsome young adult, and moves in with his friend, Sugar Free, a berry sim. She's got a boyfriend, his only other friend (so there's no worry of him leading her astray)
Baldur becomes a very enterprising teen. He takes his inventions down to the consignment store to sell them, but he has a lot of other outlets and business... companions as well. I even heard him on the phone later talking to one Miss Potts (like the Miss Potts.)
Of course his sisters are grumpy about not getting to grow up as well, but thy hug Fenrir as he leaves and I even see a tear in Annie's eye. They were very close when they were younger, but I'm sure they'll keep in contact.
After Fen, it's time for Haven to age up. She grows up into the most adorable toddler I have ever seen and I just want to snuggle her to death.
But, according to the law snuggling to death is illegal. I turn towards my bedroom, I need to go pee, and everyone has aged up that needs to and walk in. There, I see Paisley, her hair pushed back behind her ears, and putting in a pair of contacts. I shut the door and walk a little closer to her when she jumps and turns around to see me. To my surprise, one eye is yellow and the other is green. I assume the one she was putting the contact in is the yellow, but what eludes me is why. "Why are you putting yellow contacts in?" I ask. Paisley replies, "I'm putting green ones in actually. I have something I need to talk to you about." So Paisley launches into a tale of how she's now an elf (stranger things have happened) and her eyes are yellow and Ginny, Cho and some of her other kids are now elves.
I don't realize how long this takes until Annie knocks on the door and walks in. "Auntie Paisley?" she asks, quietly, "Can we go to the park please?" Paisley looks from my daughter to me, and back again. "Ask your mom." Annie's eyes flick to me, and I nod enthusiastically. "I'll go make some sandwiches or something." I say, and stand up. Annie jumps up and down and runs off to tell her siblings the news.
I hear a very male groan from Baldur, until I say, "We'll call in at KFC on the way home as well." to which he perks up considerably. The packing finished, Beckett jumps on Paisley's back, Parker on mine, and Annie takes control of the picnic basket for the short walk to the park.
Baldur strolls on ahead of us until he sees one of his friends from his elementary school, whom has also aged into a teenager. It also just so happens that this friend is female, and rather pretty. He glances back at me and I make a pushing gesture, and they stroll off towards the park together.


I have liked Amelia since we first met as children at school. The first time I saw her, we were on the see-saw together, and she fell off and hurt her knee. I picked her up and took her to Miss Lace, who was her mother and teacher. Of course, I had to explain to her what had happened, and when Miss Lace started yelling at me, Amelia took my side. From that moment on I liked her, and I never got the courage to make a move yet.
As we walk to the park down the road, Amelia is talking excitedly about the book she is writing, about a female detective called Melody Malone and her time travelling husband. I listen, avidly for a moment, until the sound of a car catches me and I turn to look at it. The vehicle speeds past us, not knowing or caring about the trials of being a teenage boy, and I turn back to face Amelia.  “Bal, if you only had a day to live, how would you spend it?” she asks me, suddenly serious. We have arrived at the park by then, so I lead her to a bench to sit down. I think for a minute, and then respond. “I would do everything I had ever wanted to, and spend it with the people I loved the most.”
She nods, slowly, before turning to face me. Slowly, she brings a hand to my face, and looks at me. Then, a butterfly’s kiss on my lips. Amelia leans back from me, looking scared. “I’m sorry-“she starts to say, but then my lips are on hers. She’s warm and soft and everything a girl is supposed to be. The kiss itself is passionate, full of years of unsaid feelings and suppressed love. If this moment could go on forever, it would not be long enough.
As she pulls away, I swear I can see tears in her eyes, but it could just be the light. “Amelia,” I say, a sudden burst of courage surrounding me, “Will you marry me?” she gawks at me incredulously. “Not now obviously. Once we’re adults, and stuff. And I have a ring, and a proper proposal.” Amelia continues to look at me, and this time she does cry. “Yes.” She says, simply, before throwing her arms around me and hugging me tight.
It is then that Mum and Paisley arrive at the park, Mum shoots me a glance, at Amelia’s tight hold on me, but Paisley takes her hand and turns her away from us. I make a mental note to thank her later. But for now, Amelia.
I have to admit, when Annie and Parker first asked about going to the park, it seemed like a terrible idea, but now, sat here in Paisley’s arms while my children play and enjoy themselves in the final throes of summer, I cannot find a reason to fault it. It is the perfect picture of bliss I had always dreamed of, and the perfect person to enjoy it beside me.
Beckett runs over to us, and asks me to push him on the swings. I jump up immediately; determined to make the best of our time together. Beckett is normally a very independent child, and insists on doing everything himself (including opening jam jars, don’t get me STARTED on Beckett and his jam) so it’s not often that we get to do something together.
As I push my child on the swings I take the moment to look around at everything else around me. There are other mothers with toddlers in prams; Paisley is on the see-saw with Parker; Bal and Amy are over under the willow tree talking. Everything is so perfect. And in the blink of an eye, this could all be gone and my challenge will be over.
I turn behind me on the swing to look at Mom. She looks sad. Mom looks sad a lot now. I don’t know why. But when she looks at Aunty Paisley she looks happy again, and I think it’s going to be all right. When she stops pushing me, and looks around at the park, I jump off the swing. 
She doesn't notice me, so I hug her tightly and that gets her attention. “What was that for, honey?” she asks. I shrug, but Momma doesn't buy it. “I don’t want you to be sad any more Momma. I hope whatever it is, it goes away so you can come back and play with us more.” 
I must have said something wrong, because Momma starts to cry and runs away quickly to the gazebrabo or whatever it’s called, and sits down on a bench. I start to follow you, but Baldur and Amelia come up behind me and stop me. “Don’t,” he says, “Let Paisley go to her. Paisley will know what to do.”  
What Beckett had said had made me realise that I was sad a lot, and I had no cause to be. I had a better life than most people on the street did, and a huge, loving family to care for and be cared by. I had to reason to be sad, and I resolved not to be any longer.
Paisley was walking up the stairs to the gazebo when I calmed down. “Hey.” She says, quietly. “Hi.” I respond.
“Are you feeling better?” Paisley asks. I nod. “It’s getting  little late, we should go home.” I say. Paisley agrees with me, and we gather everybody up. I ask Amelia if she wants to come to KFC with us as well, but she declines and explains that she has to go home.
We enter the fast food place and order some… I hesitate to call it food, but I don’t have much of a choice here. The next half hour is spent jovially, laughing. I take a bite of chicken, and say, “Are you trying to poison me?” which merits a roar of laughter from everyone. Eventually, we leave and set off home.

By the side of the building is a young girl, no more than fifteen huddled up with a toddler clasped to her chest. “Excuse me, are you alright?” I ask. The girl says nothing, but shivers again in the rapidly cooling night. “Do you have anywhere to go?” I ask.
She shakes her head, and the toddler in her jacket cries. I take her hand and pull her up. “My name’s Skye. I’m going to take you somewhere safe.” I tell her. The girl nods her assent, and starts to walk. Paisley ushers the kids off, and I pick up the girl and her child (I assume) in my arms. “Carmen, and Evita.” She whispers. “We’re Carmen and Evita.”
I carry her for the short walk up the hill to my home, and set her down inside. “Do you want something to eat” I ask. Carmen nods and I walk to the fridge and grab some leftover waffles from breakfast. She immediately sets upon them, and I pick up the young child. Closer up, I can see that she has beautiful blue eyes, and her hair is a dark black colour, under a layer of grime. I take the toddler to the kitchen and grab a bottle of formula milk for her. The toddler drinks just as eagerly as the other girl did, and yawns soon afterwards.
I look over to the older girl and she is talking quietly to Beckett. He takes one of her hands and examines it. I don’t want to interrupt their conversation, but I venture over, Evita in my arms. “She’s tired. If it’s okay with you I’m going to put her to bed and let her sleep. Then you can have a bath.” I tell Carmen. She seems to be okay with this and nods.
I take Evita upstairs and put her in one of the cots. Then, realising they probably won’t want to be separated in a stranger’s home; I set up a sleeping bag on the floor for Carmen and walk downstairs to run the bath. When this is done, I call her in and she changes out of her muddy clothes behind a screen. When she comes out, I realise just how skinny she is. She gets into the bath and starts to wash off some of the dirt on her body, while I go sit on the toilet behind the screen to give her some privacy.
I hear her get out not long after, and I grab a towel for her and take her upstairs to the nursery where she snuggles into the sleeping bag and falls asleep almost instantly.
Not long after, I go to bed myself and find Paisley sat reading a book. “That was a nice thing you did. Taking in a homeless girl.” So, the unspoken truth is realised aloud, I’m going to keep and care for the child. “She needed somewhere, and I can offer her care. If you really need me to justify it, she and the kid can count towards my challenge.” I tell her. I realise how callous that could have sounded, but Paisley doesn’t care.
I slip under the covers beside her, and fall into a dreamless sleep in Paisley’s arms. Life is good.