Tuesday, February 19, 2013

7.20 - Schoolgirl Crush


Although things are awkward from the long separation, Coral and Nico both make a real effort to know their great-grandchildren.



Nalin warned them that their youngest, Iris, could be a little difficult but luckily enough she was always the first into the house just so she could hang out with her Devon. 




Iris still claims ownership over Devon, and he humors her with a very obvious eye roll (which usually earns him another water balloon to the face). Still, he does care about his little friend, and when she struggles with her basic math he’s always more than willing to sit down and help her through it one step at a time. 




And when Devon’s at football practice, Iris gets help from her cousin Zahara. 

“4x + 3 = 15. Find x. What in Watcher’s name is THIS? THIS ISN’T MATH! IT HAS LETTERS!”

Zahara’s so used to this. “X isn’t really a letter in algebra. It’s just like a... a question mark. You’re supposed to be looking for what number, when multiplied by four and added to three equals 15.”

“... That totally just made this worse, little miss smarty pants.”




You’re just a moron. But she doesn’t say that out loud. “So uh... I’m thinking of inviting Devon to my birthday party. Do you think he’d like to come?”




“I think he’d rather take out the garbage everyday for the rest of his life.” Iris responds. 

Zahara wonders why her cousin has to be so mean.




Bianca Monty is Z’s best friend from school. She’s the only one who really knows how deep Zahara’s crush on Devon Devlish goes. 

“You HAVE to ask him to go to your party!” She practically squeals. “Mia’s been giving him googly eyes all week! If you don’t grab him asap she totally will!”




Lilac, Z’s best friend at home agrees. 

“But what if he’d rather go out with older-”

“Don’t think that way, Z. Just ask him to come! If he says no, he says no. No big deal.”




It takes all her courage to run up to long, winding path to her great-grandparents home and knock on the door. Coral opens it and Z brushes past her without so much as a thank you. She finds Devon in the living room. 

“Hey kiddo, what’s up?”

“My birthday is tomorrow and I would really like you to be there. Not as family. Just as you.”




Devon looks at her in shock for a moment, almost blurting out that he was thinking of inviting Mia out to the park that day. Then he sees the nervousness in her face and sighs. “I’ll be there.”




“You were wrong!” Zahara exclaims with glee when Iris comes into her room to use the block table. “Devon’s coming tomorrow! I’m so excited!”




“That’s stupid.” Without another word Iris gets back up and knocks over the bridge Z had spent the last half hour building. 

Z glares at her. “You’re a real bitch, you know that?”




Zahara’s birthday has come once again. Her memories of her last party, and of her father are hazy at best, but this will prove to be a much better birthday in deed.




After all, her whole family is here, friends too.




And, of course, Devon. 

“Looking good, Z.”




“Mind if I sit next to you?”

She’s sure she’s as bright as a tomato right now. “Of course not!”




After the cake has been inhaled and the adults are doing their own thing, Devon pulls Zahara into the living room. “Shall we dance?”




Is she melting? She feels like she’s melting. “Dancing is good.”




She thought they were going to be doing normal dancing, but when Devon puts an arm on her waist and takes her right hand with his left, she realizes he was refers to something else. “I-I don’t really know how to slow dance, Dev.”




He smiles at her. “It’s easy. I’ll lead you.”

She relaxes in his arms, heart leaping when he slowly leads her steps and twirls her in front of him.

(Nico’s just happy to see those expensive dance lessons are actually coming in handy)




She leans against his chest as he wraps his arms around her, both of them slowly swaying to the music. “See? Easy. You’re a natural at this.”




After a few moments, Zahara turns around so they’re facing each other again. The look in his eyes makes her blush, and the sight of it just makes him smile all the more. “I’ve got a proposition for you, Z.”

She looks up at him again, surprised by his words. “A proposition?”

“I know this is really soon, and I’d have preferred to wait for you to get used to being a teenager first, but you are really, really gorgeous. Like, drop dead gorgeous. Will you go out with me this weekend?”




“Like... a date?”

He smiles again and nods. “Yes. Exactly like a date.”

This time she smiles too. “Okay.”




Monte Vista has a fair sized occult population, so they have an arborium. Prim visits is often but she’s never seen another fairy there before. 




At least, not until now.




Don’t scare him off. Don’t scare him off. Don’t scare him off....

“Hi! I’m Primrose. I uh, haven’t seen you around here before. Are you new here? I mean, not that I assume you’re new because I haven’t seen you. I mean, your hair would kind of stick out. Not that mine doesn’t, but uh-” She can’t even look at him now. She’s already fucked this up. He probably thinks she’s a freak.




Instead he smiles and gives a soft chuckle. “Hi Primrose. I’m Cloudchaser. And yes... I am new in town. It’s a pleasure to meet you.”



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Z <3

So originally I was planning on having Devon be Coral and Nico's "miracle baby", and have him inherit daddy's terrible mouth. Then I really started thinking out Iris's story line and threw that out the window. 

Advanced warning: You guys are most likely going to detest my heir around. Every time I add stuff to my notes for future chapters its just to make her even more and more terrible. You really think she's going to take Devon and Z's date sitting down?

Big thank you to Calisims for sending me the adorable Cloudchaser Sunbright, from her Brannon Random Legacy. If you like fantasy, go for it. She puts my writing to shame. : ( 

Also go read Summerdream since I've already got you clicking links. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

7.19 - Summer Dreams


The journey to Monte Vista is long, but uneventful. Nico offered to take care of all the arrangements for their arrival, so all the family had to do was pack themselves and arrange work transfers. 

At the very least, the home Nico finds for them is spectacular and far larger than the home they were all stuffed into previously. (This one has 7 bedrooms!)



Nalin’s work is pretty easy to move around, and the first thing he does is set up his inventing bench outside. Word of his work with the Appaloosa Plains local municipality has spread far and Monte Vista seems more than willing to buy whatever he can make. He’s already got a work order from the local military base for floor hygeniators.




Prim is no longer the only fairy in town, but the grocery store is willing to sell whatever she grows once again. Really, she should be thankful for the job, and for the waiting flower pots outside her window courtesy of the grandfather she doesn’t remember.




Her room also has the best view of the town. It pulls at her, but she doesn’t want to do more than leave her room right now. 




The kids adjust to the new town quickly. Summer has already arrived, and the warm weather makes everyone happy. 




Since they’ve had to miss a few days of school on the trip to town, the school board sent ahead some homework. Lilac is the only one to actually work on it.




Nico swears the tree house came with the lot, but it looks brand new. Iris isn’t whining. She loves it! She can finally be the princess she was always meant to be!




“Hey Iris! Can I come up and play?”




Ugh... brothers. 

“Hey Hawk! Uh... gimme a second.”




Rule number one: 

“NO BOYS ALLOWED!”



New faces aren’t rare in Monte Vista, but plenty of neighbors show up anyway to welcome the Saris to town.



Monte Vista is so different from Appaloosa Plains. Here, when Winter tells people she’s a psychic they actually ask her to read their minds and tell them the future. Back home she’d have to work hard to convince people she wasn’t a con artist!




Iris got kicked out of the treehouse by her siblings and cousin Zahara. She’s in a bad mood right now. 




This poor guest just happened to be in the wrong place and the wrong time. Word around town is this kid is the emperor of evil’s great-granddaughter. She MUST be dangerous!



Guests makes Zahara uncomfortable. So she spends the day in the treehouse. 



It took a long time to trick Iris into leaving the treehouse. Even longer to barricade the trap floor against her returning. Its not that they hate their sister... she’s just... uh...

“Iris stole Mr. Cuddles again.”

“Again, Hawk? You need to stop leaving him where she can find him!”




 Its nice to finally have a dining room and table large enough to seat everyone. And, of course, to have everyone finally of age enough to sit at that table.


 The only real addition the Saris had made to the house was the addition of the basement wreck room. It’s sort of strange to have a giant ass bookcase alongside the gym equipment, but it was Nalin’s idea and he’s always been a little loopy.



Yep. Loopy. 


Topaz was terrified finding work here would be impossible, but Monte Vista’s more recent immigrants have all been members of the occult, and they miss the potions and elixers that made life so easy in the havens. Topaz has easy work here.




Nicolas hasn’t has much time to visit the family, and let them settle in on their own. He has another family now. 




Devon Devlish isn’t Nico’s biological son. He’s the son of a friend who met the end of his life on the business end of a nice big gun. Nico took the boy in as a toddler. 

Devon strongly believed his “dad’s” search for his biological son’s family was a fruitless search. “So... wait... they’re coming to visit? Why do I have to be here? They aren’t my family, y’know.”

“They’re my family, Devon. That makes them your family too.”

Psh. Details. He so doesn’t want to be here right now.




Topaz can’t help but be a little surprised that Coral and Nico are still married. But her grandmother seems happy enough and makes sure to say hello. She’s different, Topaz can tell that much right off the bat, but that’s likely what happens when you’re married to a mob boss.


At least Nico hasn’t changed... at all. 

“You poor child. What an unfortunate hair colour!”




The girls are greeted in a better way, but thats just because they’re all adorable. 

It takes Lilac only a few minutes to sense trouble. “Oh Watcher... Z, where’s Iris?”

“Burning something or someone, probably.”



Surprisingly, Iris is actually attempting to make nice.



“You’re a vampire!” She squeals, all excited for being able to recognize the signs by herself. “What’s your name? You know what, doesn’t matter. You can be my first minion! My right-hand monster! A bodyguard! Every princess needs one!”




Heh... cute kid. Totally Nico’s descendant. 

“I don’t think so, kid. You aren’t pretty enough to be my princess.”




... Nobody says no to Iris Sari.

“HOLY WATER BOMB!”




It isn’t holy water, but it still stings. Kid’s got quite an arm.




“... I am going to murder you, kid. And I’m going to enjoy it.”

“You won’t hurt me.” She giggles. 

“How do you know?”

“Cause you’re laughing too.”




Once Topaz tells Coral what Nico said to little Hawk, the artist has a few choice words with her dear husband. Nico spends the rest of the evening playing tag to make up for calling Hawk’s hair ugly.




Where are Nalin and Winter during this scene you wonder?

Ending things on a good note: Tonight is date night, and they’re enjoying having the house empty for a few hours.



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I think I like Monte Vista. It's a nice place. 

Big thanks to Bakafox from MTS for a the gorgeous extra lots that will be featured sooner or later. 

<3 Devon. He's my new heartthrob.