Boreal Springs

July 15, 2008

Anderson 2 – Round 15: ‘Polyamorous, Pt. 4′

Filed under: Anderson — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Mao @ 7:04 pm

Kate and Shang are now legally wed, which should please Florence, but she just can’t get over Shang’s inherent stupidity and lack of commitment.  Shaniqua is trying to protect Hugh from the possible trauma that a feuding father and grandmother could cause.

Florence loved Hugh dearly and that was why she couldn’t stand Shang.  Hugh had so many opportunities, but with Shang’s influence, it was possible he’d end up an ignorant, womanizing fool like his father.  Florence wasn’t about to sit idly by and let that happen.  She made sure to impress the importance of education on her young grandson, hoping to build the cornerstone of what would hopefully become a long, academic career leading to a fantastic job.

Hugh, while not completely dumb, was hardly any academic scholar.  He tried hard to please his grandma, but he really didn’t care all that much about school.

Seeing Hugh growing so fast made Kate long for another child.  When she voiced her desire to Shang, she was met with a rather unenthusiastic response.

“You’re kidding, right?” Shang replied.  He tried to smile but it came out as more of a nervous twitch at the edge of his lip.  Inside, he was screaming.

“No, why would I?  We’re both doing fine at work and Hugh could benefit from it–”

Shang shook his head, “you’re talking crazy and you know how I feel about crazy chicks, Kate.  Just be content and happy with Hugh.  He’s a good kid.”

Shaniqua knew that she had messed up a few times in her life, but she planned to do right by Hugh.  She didn’t want to see him scarred by her transgressions.  That was the only reason Florence was in such a horrible mood and why she refused to tolerate Shang’s ways.  Shaniqua knew he would never change and she wished that Kate would see that… but Kate was in love and love is blind.

So she made it her purpose to ensure that Hugh was loved and unable to see the tension that surrounded him.  She especially wanted to protect him from Shang’s nature.  Shaniqua knew how hard of an urge it was to fight… she wished only for Hugh not to suffer the same torment.

Being married didn’t slow Shang down any.  When he was home everyone else was usually at work and Hugh was off at school.  Shang didn’t waste any time welcoming Katarina back from college.  She’d grown a bit, but she hadn’t outgrown him.  Maybe if they weren’t so promiscuous, perhaps if they weren’t so caught up in the fleeting moments, they’d be good together.

But they were and so they were only happy with one another until the deed was done.  Then it was a quick kiss, a sly wink, and a closing door.

One evening, Hugh brought home in report card and stunned both his parents with all the A’s.  It seemed that Florence’s stalwart dedication was paying off.  Of course, Shang had to ruin the moment.

“That’s good, you little genius,” Shang’s face skewed up as he leaned down closer to his son, “but remember, chicks don’t dig nerds until they’re rich.”

“Shang!” Kate yelled angrily from over her book, brows set in a hard line.  “Don’t say things like that to him!”

“I’m only speaking the truth, babe.”

Hugh was growing like a weed everyday.  The years seemed to be slipping away and while Kate knew she was much younger than other mothers with children Hugh’s age, she couldn’t stop herself from feeling depressed.  She had promised Lilith that she’d leave the lamp alone, but desperate times called for desperate measures.  She tried the conventional way and it hadn’t worked… it was time to go back to unconventional methods.  At least that had proved itself before.

“Do you understand the repercussions of your request?” The genie asked, as he had before.

Kate waved him off.  She hadn’t seen any repercussions yet and she wasn’t like to anytime soon.  “Yes, yes, now can you do it or not?”

“We shall see… it is a troublesome task you ask.  It will take… time.”

“As long as it happens, I don’t care.”

“As you wish it, so then it shall be.”

Meanwhile, unaware of her daughter’s dabbling into the paranormal, Florence met with her younger sister Alyssa outside.  Alyssa was acting weird, even for her.  She insisted they go around the back to talk.  Florence was baffled.

“I did something stupid,” Alyssa said suddenly, her voice wavering.  “Really, really stupid… and I have to tell someone.  You’re the only one, Florence.  Dad is gone and you’re all I’ve got left.  So you have to listen, all right?  And you can’t get angry… not until I’ve said what I need to say.”

At this, Florence was instantly on edge.  She tried to play it off, but her tension was evident in her face, “well, say it then.”

“I slept with Shang.  It was a mistake, it was before the wedding, and it was–it was stupid.  I don’t know what happened.  I know it was wrong, and I wish I could go back and undo.  Thank everything that there wasn’t a child…”

“You what?!” Florence shouted, fists balling at her sides.  Had she ever been so angry?  Yes, and it was the same thing, over and over again.  Was it human nature to be promiscuous?  “Not only did you do something to wrong your family, your own damned niece, but you… you have children, Alyssa.  You have have a husband!  What were you thinking?  Of all the people… that idiot, that jabbering fool!  What could have possessed you to do something so stupid?”

Alyssa crossed her arms defensively, “I… I don’t know!  I was just so angry and he kept pressing and he was there… and I thought, I mean I was completely convinced Ryu was having an affair… with Tracey Saunders.  I know that sounds stupid, but at the time, it was completely reasonable.  I just… I needed to tell someone… you can’t tell Kate, though.  You can’t, Florence.  I couldn’t bear it!”

“You should be telling Ryu, not me!  I swear, am I the only one with a working brain around here?  Sleeping with Shang Yu!  Of all people!  Nevermind he’s Kate’s husband… I thought you had a better opinion of yourself, Alyssa.  I guess I was wrong.”

Thankfully, the next evening, Nathaniel dropped by with Sara and Patrick for a visit.  Hugh wasn’t quite sure what to make of his cousin Patrick.  They really didn’t have too much in common.  Patrick seemed a little too self-involved to bother talking about anything that he wasn’t particularly interested in.

Hugh had always thought his aunt and uncle were extremely strange and this was only solidified during their visit.  They were always hugging and being affectionate.  It was creepy.


Note from Mao: And after so long… Boreal Springs is back, yay!  Unfortunately, in the transition from my PC to my fiance’s… some things were lost.  Don’t ask me how, I don’t know, but a few hairstyles and clothing options went AWOL.  So, until I recover them, please ignore slight changes in well-known looks and styles of certain characters.  Thanks!


  1. Yay! I’m so glad to have Boreal Springs back! I’ve missed all these wacky residents! Let’s get back to the drama!

    Haha, you know I can’t deny a pregnant lady her drama. ;)

    Comment by Mandie — July 15, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

  2. When I see Florence looming over Hugh, I see alot of Thomas in her…manipulating him into becoming someone she wants xD tsk.

    And Kate wants another one? Oh my. And using the lamp even when she said she wouldn’t? Bad girl.

    Shang…he’s so…himself. It’s why we love him yet want to smack him a bit. xD Don’t believe him, Hugh! Girls like nerds too!

    So Alyssa finally told someone. Guess ol’ Flo wasn’t the one to tell. xD poor Ryu when he finds out, though he’s kinda to blame for it…poor Shang! He’s gonna get a beat down by more than one person, I’m sure.

    Ah..Nate and Sara are so cute together. Even while they’re scarring the next generation for life.

    Those Andersons are some very manipulative people, even if they don’t intend to be. ;) Shang cracks me up. I’ll definitely miss him when he kicks the bucket. Nathaniel and Sara are ridiculous, no matter where they go, it’s constant PDA!

    Comment by Elecy — July 15, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  3. Glad you’re back!


    Comment by Monique — July 16, 2008 @ 12:54 am

  4. Yay!!! You’re back!!!!

    I want Kate to have an affair, and Shang finds out. Tee-hee, that’d get interesting!

    And Shang, I dig smart guys. In fact, I wouldn’t go for anything but.

    Haha, yup! As for Kate having an affair, I don’t see that happening, but it would be funny! Ditto, my fiance is pretty much a genius and half the time what he says flies right over my head. I’ve always had a thing for smart guys, though.

    Comment by Simlover — July 16, 2008 @ 9:29 am

  5. Mao you came back with a bang on this one and wings of steel. I am loving it. Poor poor Kate looking for love in all the wrong places. She needs to wake up and smell the coffee. And she wants to bring another baby into this mess.

    Flo is going to get all up in Shang’s grill now that she knows about him and Alyssa. This should be good.

    Aww, thanks! I’m glad you think so. Kate isn’t too smart and she is a little selfish. Hahaha Shang’s grill, that cracked me up. Watch out! Shang is definitely in trouble.

    Comment by Detris — July 16, 2008 @ 11:42 am

  6. Yay you’re back! :D

    I can’t helpt but feel that Kate deserves this, she knew better than to get involved with him, tsk. Shang is a fool, but he makes me laugh.

    I also wonder why Alyssa told Florence… Oh well, too late. :)

    Haha, you’re right. She did! Silly girl. Alyssa told Florence because they are sisters and she’s the only person Alyssa really has left to talk to. She never really made friends with anyone else in the hood.

    Comment by Josh — July 16, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

  7. Yay, you’re back! I missed my boreal springs fix! Great entry! Bleh, now I’m going to die from exclamation mark overuse!

    Haha, thanks! :D

    Comment by Autumn — July 16, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

  8. Yay, Boreal Springs! :D
    Kate is just…*facepalm* You know, I’m liking Shang more and more and her less and less. At least he’s honest about who he is and never promises anything more. (And he’s funny.) Kate’s just being an idiot…she just WILL NOT GIVE UP.
    Poor Florence! She must feel like she’s going crazy!
    I feel kind of sorry for Alyssa, too. Between Ryu and Shang, she’s really trapped herself.

    Poor Kate. You can’t really blame her, though. She’s had an odd life and well, when you get attached to someone… yeah. But she’s brought it on herself, certainly. Shang drives me nuts, he’s such a player. ;) Alyssa has screwed up big time. I’m not looking forward to the fallout on that one!

    Comment by Cassie — July 16, 2008 @ 7:18 pm

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