I swear these two act more like children than their children do.
Gem’s one thing, but even Trinity tends to act more grown up than her parents. She’s quiet, well behaved, and learns quickly despite not being a born genius.
Jade likes keeping busy. The house technically belongs to her, but she’s starting to feel like the friend who lives on her best friends’ couch. Nico and Coral are engaged, their family growing, and what does Jade have? A broken heart, a shitty and dangerous job, and a quickly growing belly. If she sits down, she gets sad, so most of her pregnancy is spent in her studio working.
Its no surprise that thats where she is when the labour pains hit.
Jade and Coral went to the hospital while the sun was still up, but by the time they return home the full moon is high in the sky.
She has twins. A boy named Maven.
And a girl named Marise.
The next day is Saturday, and Gem would MUCH rather be out with Gator playing in the dirt than sitting in the dining room in a pinchy suit his dad bought for him.
Nico and Coral finally got things sorted out with the law, Nico having to change his surname back to Dracule before Serena Durwood (local politician) would stop giving them weird looks and pass over a marriage certificate.
All the paperwork was done last night, so technically they’re already legally married, but they don’t feel married until they exchange rings.
Gem really doesn’t see what the big deal is. He grew up thinking they were already married.
But this whole ceremony does force Gem to think about things a little differently. All his friends have both parents, or at least understand why their family is the way it is. Gem knows Nico is his dad, but if Nico and Coral are just getting married now does that mean Coral isn’t his real mom? Where did his real mom go? What happened to her?
“Coral IS your mom.” Nico tries explaining, hoping to put an end to this conversation now. “She cares for you, and she’s always loved you. Thats what makes her your real mom.”
That so doesn’t answer Gem’s question, but he’ll drop the subject for now.
After all, Fawn Goodfellow just called to hang out and you do NOT say no to that girl.
Life doesn’t change after the wedding.
Jade invests in some bees. Bottle of potent discord is her best seller so far, and it requires a fair bit of beeswax.
Her twins become toddlers while mommy’s working in her studio.
Maven takes after his father.
Marise has her mother’s colouring, but is most definitely Markus’ daughter... poor kid.
Nicolas fully prefers his own daughter to Jade’s twins, and spends his free time taking care of her like Coral did Gem.
Gem took his first steps with Coral. Trinity takes her first steps with her daddy.
There’s something different about his little girl, and Nicolas knows full well that he should have been the same father to Gem. Hopefully his son won’t remember those early toddler days and Nicolas can make it up to him by being a good father now.
Jade can only ever be with one child at a time, and since Maven cries louder Marise finds herself alone most of the time.
Sometimes she’s alone too much. Watcher doesn’t even know HOW she managed to get her head in there.
Coral picks Marise up and takes her to bed... then heads downstairs to have a few choice words with Jade.
“But Coral, my work is important and-”
“More important than your own kids? Jade they need you! Their father basically abandoned them, don’t tell me you’re planning on doing the same.”
She’s right of course. And that’s what really hits home for Jade.
She wasn’t ready to be a single mother, wasn’t ready for a guy who said he loved her to just up and disappear. But none of that is her childrens’ fault, and Jade has to at least try.
Is Jade brave? Yes. Is she mature enough to be a mom? Heck no.
Is Nico a terrible parent who picks favourites? Yes, though he'll never admit it.
Without Coral these kids would be royally messed up. I swear she hasn't done any painting since she was human.