Boreal Springs

May 22, 2009

Saunders 2 – Round 25: ‘Carpe Diem, Baby, End’

Filed under: Saunders — Tags: , , , , — Mao @ 4:28 pm

Gordon Saunders is still mourning the loss of his late wife, Lauren Saunders.  Claude and Emily still haven’t completely tied the knot, but seem to be heading in that direction.

Claude wasn’t sure why his father was so moody these days.  As far as Claude was concerned, being immortal was awesome.  Sure, he missed his mom, but he knew she had enjoyed her life and she was happy to have experienced death.  It didn’t help any that Tsung recently passed, too.  Gordon and Tsung had been close for a long while.

Despite seeing his father’s long face, Claude wasn’t sure he would ever be sad about not dying.  Not aging and constantly looking hot was pretty awesome to him.

Of course, marrying someone equally as immortal and hot was quite a bonus, too.  Claude never really saw himself as the marriage type, but to Emily?  Well, sure.  She was the second part to his equation.  They just seemed to fit so nicely together, like two puzzle pieces.  It was only suitable that they spontaneously decided to make it official at the graveyard where Lauren was buried.

Claude was too busy with his new wife to notice that his father had been cornered by one of the locals.  They didn’t come to Boreal Springs often.  Valerie Alioto had just been walking by on a chance for a late-night walk when she saw Gordon.  At least, she thought it might be Gordon.  She only had other people’s descriptions of him to match, but when she approached him, she was certain.

He was a bit scarier than she anticipated.  Then again, he was also a vampire.  She stuck it out, though, and made her intention of joining his criminal empire obvious.

“You could definitely use someone like me,” Valerie began, confident.  “I’m smart, savvy, and I don’t mind getting my hands dirty.”

Gordon wasn’t really sure what to say.  He wasn’t really in the right mindset to be thinking about this now.  He gave her the address and told her to come by and they’d talk.

Of course, if Valerie did come over, she’d be faced with three scary vampires.  Gordon assumed she’d be frightened off and go get some normal job.  Didn’t she have a child to worry about, anyway?  Meanwhile, Claude never considered consequences.  He thought of the now and right now, he’d never see a downside to being a vampire!

Of course, someone forgot to tell him that vampires still get pregnant.  Claude was a little shocked, but eventually warmed up to the idea.  Babies couldn’t be that bad, right?  He was completely oblivious to the fact that he already had two children to Kit Knight, which had resulted in the anullment of her marriage to James Anderson.

Gordon, upon hearing about the impending baby, decided that they needed someone who could be up during the day.  He’d been working hard in his little lab and finally, had come up with a solution.  A robot.  He was a little hesitant when it came time to activate it, but closed his eyes and pressed the sequence of buttons, listening as it rumbled to life.  It stood before him, the very picture of a subserviant being imbued with his own personality.  It was a bit strange to get used to.

Emily wasn’t sure how she felt about a robot caring for her child.  Sure, he was a great house servant, but could he really give a baby the tender loving care it needed and deserved?  Gordon assured her that the baby would be in safe hands with Jeeves, but Emily wasn’t so sure.  She trusted Gordon’s intellect, but no so much the robotic thing hovering over her, communicating in a mechanical monotone.

Much to Gordon’s surprise, Valerie came over later in the week.  She was determined to join his criminal underground, though unprepared to enter the actual lair of a bunch of vampires.  Emily played the piano, as she often did in the night, lost in the rapture of the notes.  It was full-disclosure in this house, Gordon didn’t need to hide his comings and goings from these two.  Even so, they were advised not to listen and mind their own business.  Emily did just that.  She didn’t hear Gordon give Valerie a task to test her mettle.

Selene Saunders was born not much later, looking very much like her father and grandfather.


Note from Mao: Valerie seriously did just walk by while Gordon, Claude, and Emily were at the graveyard!  I was quite shocked.  So she’s friends with Gordon, but I’m a little worried.  I don’t think she anticipated her future employer to be so… well, dreamy.

Hold fast, Valerie!  Remember, you have a boyfriend and a daughter at home!


  1. That’s funny. So Valerie got to meet him after all. If she got the guts to go in and out without brown pants, I think she deserves a place. They got married, huh? I kinda saw that one coming.Selene is cute, and I see the need for a day walker, but a Servo? I don’t know if that’s such a good idea.

    Comment by Fini — May 22, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

  2. Oh, be careful, Valerie! Hope she knows what she’s got herself into!

    The idea of a baby being raised by three vampires and a robot really tickles me, I have to say! How funny!

    Comment by Carla — May 22, 2009 @ 10:41 pm

  3. Watch out Valerie or you might end up wife number three. Gordon has been married twice before, right?

    Comment by Monique — May 22, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

  4. Bahahaha. Oh Valerie, honey, don’t even try to resist. Gordon is irresistible.

    Comment by Laura — May 22, 2009 @ 11:56 pm

  5. That was a lucky break for Valerie. Trust Gordon to come up with something like a robot to be a nanny for his latest grand-child.

    Comment by Lisa — May 23, 2009 @ 8:36 am

  6. So Gordon’s finally feeling the weight of the ‘seeing all the people he loves die’ part of the vampire deal. I feel bad for him, but I guess it’s the price he has to pay :(
    And, um, am I a bad person for actually liking the idea of Valerie lusting after Gordon?

    Comment by Monika — May 23, 2009 @ 9:03 am

  7. Congrats to Emily and Claude!

    LOL, he still doesn’t know he’s a baby-daddy! (x2!!!) Well I hope Emily isn’t the jealous type, because it’s bound to come out eventually ;)

    Selene is such a pretty name. I can’t wait to see what kind of a childhood she has in a family of vampires!

    Comment by laura — May 23, 2009 @ 9:45 am

  8. I am a little suspicious that the task Gordon has set Valerie to accomplish has something to do with Kit… It just seems too coincidental that Gordon comes upon a new lacky who’s willing to do anything to get on his team (and who is heart farting all over him), we all know that Gordon sees all…

    Comment by Liz — May 23, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

  9. O M GEE BOREAL SPRINGS IS BACK! So much happening, Tsung and Nathaniel dying… that was sad…
    So Claude finally settled down now didn’t he? Im pretty sure this impending baby will make him want to switch back to mortality.. not fun outliving your children!

    Comment by Mohohon — May 24, 2009 @ 8:50 pm

  10. Yikes, Valerie, do you even realize what you’re getting yourself into?

    Selene is going to have an interesting life, raised with vampires and a robot! ;)

    Comment by Shana — May 26, 2009 @ 11:13 am

  11. oh, Claude. You’re so easy to please. But what is this? Claude? Marriage? …Are you TRYING to make the universe explode!?

    Can you blame here? Gordon is hot.

    Comment by Elecy — June 13, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

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