On the second morning, he finds his wife sleeping outside on the third floor balcony. The telescope lies used nearby, and her cell phone is nestled under her head. Dorian wonders if she even slept at all the previous night. He certainly didn’t, but his body can take it.
So he wakes her up, intending to make her go to sleep in a proper bed.
She refuses. “Dorian I can’t! We only have until midnight to get the money, and now Cinnamon’s trying to convince me to declare war on those stupid vampires and its just all too much. If I go to sleep now I just know I’ll wake up with everything gone to hell.”
“You can’t honestly believe you have the power to stop everything, do you?”
Personally, Dorian’s siding with Cinnamon on the idea of war. These monsters touched his son, and even if Rio is returned safe and sound Dorian can’t let that go. And on top of all that, his father is once again no where to be found right when they need him most.
“I don’t know what I can stop.” River sighs. “But I have to try. If anything happens to our son...” She can’t bring herself to finish that thought.
Kitten tries to keep out of the room she shares with Pearl, but tonight she walks in on something she needs to stop.
The sisters stare at each other for a long moment before Pearl speaks, confirming Kitten’s fears. “I’m going after him. I think I can feel where he is, and then I just need to break him out. Please don’t tell mom.”
“Don’t tell mom?” Kitten repeats. “ARE YOU CRAZY? Pearl if you go looking for him they’ll just kill both of you! Don’t be such a Watcher damned IDIOT!”
“They’re going to kill Rio either way.” Pearl growls. “At least this way I might have a chance to save him!”
She balls her hand into a fist and strikes out, hitting Kitten straight in the jaw. While Kitten spent all her time playing chess, Pearl used that same time working out with Rio and their mother. She’s strong.
But not... strong enough to knock her sister out with one punch.
She didn’t even mean to hit her, really! It just sort of happened!
... Is she still alive?
Pearl feels a pulse, and its steady. There isn’t even a mark on her sister’s head, as if she never made contact. But she must have!
Either way, Kitten’s out cold and now there’s no one to stop her from heading out on her solo rescue mission.
Her connection with Rio has always been like a pull. So she doesn’t second guess her decision to go to Reverie’s B & B, a quiet building where her parents got married. This must be where the switch is set to happen.
Upstairs, in the same suite where River broke free of her birth father’s grasp , Rio watches Junielle. She has a reflection, just like his vampiric friends do but she doesn’t seem like them. She’s far more powerful, and manages to control his mind with only a look. Her doesn’t even know many elder vampires with that kind of power. She told him it was because her kind is evolving, but he isn’t sure if he believes her.
“So how long do we have?”
“Another hour, give or take.” Junielle sighs, finally happy with her make up. “You looking forward to going home?”
He doesn’t give her an answer so she moves towards him. He wraps his arms around her waist, trying to keep her close. “I want to go back to my family, but I don’t know if I want to just say goodbye to you.”
“This has to be goodbye.” She sighs. “Even if you take over your mother’s empire and fuck up father will just send someone else next time. I’ve grown too attached to you, my pet.”
“Don’t call me that.”
She pushes him over, crawling over top of him. “Call you what? Pet? It’s what you are, you’re just a human.”
He wants to say something rude but his mind isn’t working so well right now, and it has nothing to do with her vampiric abilities.
Lovely timing, Pearl.
“Rio? What. The. Hell.”
He jumps up to greet her, pushing Junielle off him a bit more roughly than he intended. “Pearl what the hell are you doing here?”
“I asked first! I thought you were in trouble! I’m came to rescue you not catch you getting hot and heavy with some random chick! Were you ever even in danger?”
“Yes! Well... at first, anyway. But Junielle is great. She managed to convince her... boss to let me live if mom paid the ransom, and has been taking good care of me.”
“I can see that.” Pearl practically growls, shooting the young vampire a glare over Rio’s shoulder.
Junielle’s blood boils at the look Pearl gives her, and she marches over. “All that’s off though now that you’re here. I managed to convince the boss to let on kidnap victim go for 500,000 simoleons, but I highly doubt your mother will have the money for two.”
Pearl did not think this through.
“Mom’ll have the 500,000 simoleons.” Rio promises.
“Like I said, that’ll only pay for one of you. The other has to die, I can’t save you both even if I wanted to.”
“I know.” He sighs. “So let Pearl go free.”
Junielle backs off. “Excuse me?”
“You heard me, June. Let my mom’s random pay for Pearl’s life and do with me what you need to.”
They both ignore Pearl’s protests in the background.
“There’s no guarantee you-know-who will let me keep you alive.” She warns.
Rio tries to ignore the shake in his hands. “I know, but if I let you hurt my sister I’d never be able to live with myself or look at you again. I’d rather be the one who has to die.”
She doesn’t ask twice, and instead puts Pearl into a haze, pulling her close enough to sink her teeth into the human girl’s neck.
She takes enough to cause Pearl to fall unconscious, and then gently sets her on the floor.
The money was paid in time, but River’s heart nearly stops when she sees her unconscious daughter waiting at the pick up stop instead of her son.
“Pearl? Pearl, sweetheart, please wake up.”
Pearl does wake up, groggy and confused, but conscious enough to speak. “Mom? Where am I?”
“You’re at Reverie’s, what happened? Are you alright? Where’s your brother?”
Its that final question that brings Pearl’s memories back. And it brings her attention towards the empty feeling in her chest, as if her heart had just been ripped out. When her brother had been kidnapped the empty feeling had been mixed with fear and worry, now there was absolutely nothing. As if he’d never existed.
“I... It’s all my fault. I tried to find him and... and he gave himself up. Told her to kill him instead of me and then she bit me and....” Her tears start and they won’t stop. “Mom, he’s gone. He’s gone and it’s all my fault.”
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I'm sorry : (
(But on a side note seeing Kitten get punched was very satisfying. She's the worst sim I've ever had. All she does is fight with everyone autonomously!)